Programs

In Vancouver Community we use a broad and inclusive definition of research and evaluation to stimulate this activity in our programs. Community research and evaluation is an encompassing term that includes, but is not limited to:

Community clinical trials, epidemiological studies, basic (not lab) research, health system research, innovation, program evaluation, best practices, decision making, longitudinal studies, operational processes, naturalistic research, consumer and client oriented research, and knowledge translation/mobilization.

Hospice & End of Life Care

Providing comfort and quality of life care for people and their families who are living with life-limiting illness.

We provide hospice and end of life care to clients in their home setting (including physical, emotional, social and spiritual care) with the goal of providing comfort and quality of life for those persons who are living with or dying from advanced illness. Our focus is on comfort care, such as pain control, rather than care aimed at curing illness. This active compassionate care is based on a commitment to the whole person, respecting personal, cultural and spiritual values, beliefs and practices. Services are provided in the patient’s home, hospital, hospice or in residential care.

In collaboration with the individuals and their families/caregivers, hospice palliative care services are provided by an interdisciplinary team that includes family physicians, community health nurses, community physiotherapy/occupational therapy (PT/OT), palliative care physicians, clinical nurse specialists, social work consultants, spiritual care consultants, hospice volunteers, shift care nurses and home support workers in addition to providing links, and lniks to volunteer services (via Vancouver Hospice Society).

Vancouver Community also funds community-based hospices including the Cottage Hospice, May’s Place, and Marion Hospice.

Examples of Research and Evaluation Priorities

  • Variations in practice among health professionals and geographic locations.
  • Cost effectiveness of new program implementation
  • Impact of not implementing best practices
  • Utilization of Emergency Department by palliative patients
  • Cost and benefits of supporting palliative care and home death

Current and Past Research and Evaluation Projects

  • Impacts of a Palliative Approach for Nursing (IPAN): A Provincial Nursing Survey. Vancouver Community was listed as one of 14 VCH sites in this survey by a Prince George Nursing Faculty member.

Questions? We can help. Contact our Community Research Facilitator