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




Sawatzky, Richard
Porterfield, Pat
Roberts, Della
Lee, Joyce
Liang, Leah
Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl
Pesut, Barb
Schalkwyk, Tilly
Stajduhar, Kelli
Tayler, Carolyn

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Advances in Nursing Science


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.



end-of-life care, health services research, hospice and palliative care nursing, knowledge synthesis, nursing services, palliative approach, person-centered care, practice patterns, nurses


Sawatzky, R.; Porterfield, P.; Roberts, D.; Lee, J.; Liang, L.; Reimer-Kirkham, S.; … & Thorne, S. (2017). Embedding a palliative approach in nursing care delivery: An integrated knowledge synthesis. Advances in Nursing Science, 40(3), 263-279. DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000163