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Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Kloseck, Marita


For the past decade, expanding palliative care information has been one strategy for improving palliative care in Canada, yet there remain many concerns regarding the lack of information available to clients and their families. Nurses play a key role in providing information to community-dwelling clients and families. To date, however, limited research has investigated nurses’ experiences of providing palliative care information in a community context. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to better understand the lived experiences of 10 home care nurses providing palliative care information to community-dwelling older adults with a terminal illness. Thematic analysis revealed eight key themes: importance of support and unity; tools for providing information; building relationships with clients; comfort level talking about death and dying; language and cultural barriers; clients’ readiness to accept information; influence of the home environment; and helping clients to a good death. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.