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dc.contributor.advisorSantana, Maria Jose
dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Sadia
dc.date2020-11
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-31T17:17:23Z
dc.date.available2020-07-31T17:17:23Z
dc.date.issued2020-07-28
dc.identifier.citationAhmed, S. (2020). Patient and Caregiver Experiences Living with Advanced Colorectal Cancer & Receiving Early Palliative Care in Alberta (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/112348
dc.description.abstractBackground: Palliative care is patient-centred care that improves the quality of life of patients and families facing challenges associated with life-threatening illness. In Alberta, most people who received palliative care received it late, impacting their quality of life. An early palliative care pathway that incorporates patient and caregiver experiences is needed to ensure that priorities of patients living with advanced cancer care are at the forefront of quality care. Overall aim: This study aims to understand patient and caregiver experiences of advanced colorectal cancer care and receiving early palliative care to inform development and refinement of an early palliative care pathway for patients with advanced colorectal cancer. Methods: This is a qualitative study that is embedded within a larger program of research on the implementation of the Palliative Care Early and Systematic (PaCES- a province-wide project aimed at developing and delivering an early and systematic palliative care pathway for advanced colorectal cancer patients and their caregivers in Alberta) intervention. We conducted telephone interviews with patients living with advanced colorectal cancer and family caregivers to understand their experiences before implementing the early palliative care pathway (standard cancer care) and after the implementation of the palliative care pathway. Patients and caregivers were recruited with the help of clinician-research team members in Calgary and Edmonton. Data was thematically analyzed using deductive, inductive, and iterative coding strategies. Findings: Gaps in standard oncology care included poor care coordination, misunderstanding of palliative care, confusion regarding role of family physician, and lack of advance care planning discussions. Four main themes shaped participants’ experience of early palliative care: care coordination, perception of palliative care, coping with advanced cancer, and patient and family engagement. Main differences before and after implementation of the care pathway were in care coordination and communication with and among healthcare providers, understanding of palliative care, involvement of the family physician, and advance care planning discussions. Conclusions: Early palliative care delivered by a specialist palliative care nurse can improve advanced cancer care. The early palliative care pathway seeks to implement a standardized pathway that can be implemented across Alberta (including urban and rural settings), to guide routine advanced cancer care.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.en_US
dc.subjectpatient centred careen_US
dc.subjectpatient oriented researchen_US
dc.subjectadvanced canceren_US
dc.subjectpatient experienceen_US
dc.subjectearly palliative careen_US
dc.subjectpalliative careen_US
dc.subject.classificationEducation--Healthen_US
dc.subject.classificationLiterature--Canadian (English)en_US
dc.subject.classificationHealth Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.classificationOncologyen_US
dc.titlePatient and Caregiver Experiences Living with Advanced Colorectal Cancer & Receiving Early Palliative Care in Albertaen_US
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
dc.publisher.facultyCumming School of Medicineen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (MSc)en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMedicine – Community Health Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSinnarajah, Aynharan
dc.contributor.committeememberMcGhan, Gwen E.
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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.