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Embedding a Palliative Approach in Nursing Care Delivery: An Integrated Knowledge Synthesis.

Sawatzky, Richard PhD; Porterfield, Pat MSN; Roberts, Della MSN; Lee, Joyce PhD; Liang, Leah MSN; Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl PhD; Pesut, Barb PhD; Schalkwyk, Tilly MSN; Stajduhar, Kelli PhD; Tayler, Carolyn MSA; Baumbusch, Jennifer PhD; Thorne, Sally PhD
Advances in Nursing Science: Post Author Corrections: December 06, 2016
doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000163
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A palliative approach involves adapting and integrating principles and values from palliative care into the care of persons who have life-limiting conditions throughout their illness trajectories. The aim of this research was to determine what approaches to nursing care delivery support the integration of a palliative approach in hospital, residential, and home care settings. The findings substantiate the importance of embedding the values and tenets of a palliative approach into nursing care delivery, the roles that nurses have in working with interdisciplinary teams to integrate a palliative approach, and the need for practice supports to facilitate that embedding and integration.

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