Practice Reflection: The Advance Practice Nurse: A valuable resource to increase timely access to palliative care for those in need

Kalliopi Stilos, Lise Huynh, Lesia Wynnychuk


It is well established that palliative care plays a pivotal role in meeting patients’ medical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs and improving their quality of life (World Health Organization, [WHO], 2020). Many hospitals have palliative care specialists who provide pain and symptom management for patients with malignant and non-malignant disease at various stages in their disease trajectory. These specialists address patients’ and their families’ goals of care, facilitate decision making, and assist with discharge planning. Additionally, they consult on patients at end of life who can often have complex care needs and an inherently short timeframe for intervention.

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