While periodic research has been ongoing for many years at Victoria Hospice, the Research department was formally established in 2007. In 2014, Education Services and the Research department combined to become the Education and Research Department. Over the years, there have been many studies conducted in numerous areas including new pain drugs, bowel care, respiratory congestion, family support, children and bereavement.
The Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) – a tool for predicting survival – was developed by the research team at Victoria Hospice. Today it is used in most palliative care facilities in B.C. and Canada and is gaining acceptance around the world. The PPS was developed in English and has been translated into six additional languages: Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Thai and Portuguese.
Other tools developed include a bereavement risk assessment tool (BRAT) to identify those people who might be at risk for a significantly negative bereavement experience, a bowel function monitoring tool and several prognosis studies.
Other research projects include developing timely access and prognostic tools, creating standards to monitor palliative care across institutions and undertaking internal surveys that lead to improved services for patients and families.
For more information on selected studies undertaken by Victoria Hospice, please contact Director of Education and Research Helena Daudt at [email protected]