Who is the QPC-LTC Alliance?
The Alliance consists of 27 researchers and 38 organizational partners from around the world that have come together share their expertise in palliative care or related field in order to contribute to the development of palliative care in LTC. The researchers in the Alliance have expertise in palliative care education, pain and sympton management, organizational health etc. Organizational partners are local to the communities of the four study sites as well as are provincial and national organizations.
Goals of the QPC-LTC Research Alliance
The overall goal of the PC-LTC Research Alliance is to improve quality of life for people who are dying in LTC homes through developing formalized palliative care programs which follows the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association's Square of Care.
The specific objectives are:
- To empower PSWs to maximize their role in caring for people who are dying and their families and support them to be catalysts for organizational changes in developing palliative care
- To implement and evaluate a 4-phase process model of community capacity development in four LTC sites, and create an evidence-based tool kit of strategies and interventions to support this development.
- To create sustainable organizational changes that will improve capacity to deliver palliative care programs though empowering PSWs, developing palliative care teams and programs within LTC homes and strengthening linkages with the community partners.
- To develop knowledge and skills in palliative care and participatory action research