CARENET researchers explore palliative and end of life care experiences for Canadians, with the goal of understanding the issues surrounding end of life care and translating that knowledge into practice.

Researchers are studying compassionate care in the cancer care setting, determining how advanced cancer patients facing the end of life understand and experience compassion as received from health care professionals, with a focus on spiritual well-being and the delivery of spiritual care by health care providers.

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Project Lead: Carole Robinson

BSC (University of Alberta), BSN (University of Alberta), MSN (University of British Columbia), PhD (University of Calgary) Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus


Carole Robinson's clinical background is as an advanced practice nurse in pain and symptom management and palliative care in ambulatory oncology. Her PhD is both a clinical and research degree in Family Systems Nursing. Carole's research interests include: family palliative caregiving, health care relationships, advance care planning, and end-of-life communication and decision making. The aim of her research is to support families to manage will with advanced chronic illness and at end of life through increased understanding of their experiences and needs, knowledge translation, and the creation of effective interventions.


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