Barbara Pesut

PhD, University of British Columbia
School of Nursing

Barbara Pesut PhD, RN is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Health, Ethics and Diversity. Her program of research explores the implications of religious, spiritual and geographic diversity for palliative care. Recent projects have examined ethical issues in rural palliative care, palliative family caregiving and educating nurses for a palliative approach. She is currently working on supporting older adults with serious illnesses living in their own homes through Nav-CARE. This program recieved initial reseach support from a Wall Solutions Award.

Primary Recipient Awards

Wall Solutions, Barbara Pesut, 2014

Barbara Pesut
Wall Solutions

TCARE-2: A sustainability plan for a rural palliative approach service using a nurse/volunteer navigation partnership

Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Barbara Pesut, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Partner(s): Ms. Brenda Hooper, TCARE Rural Integrated Palliative Approach Service; Interior Health Authority; BC Hospice Palliative Care Association

Providing navigation services for older adults living with life-limiting chronic illness in rural areas is an important strategy to facilitate aging in place. Older adults living with complex chronic illness are an underserved population who often live invisibly in their homes with heavy symptom burden and poor quality of life. Navigation services provide support, education and connection to resources in the community so that individuals can live independently in their homes. This project will build upon a currently existing nurse navigator service (TCARE-1) to trial a unique nurse / volunteer navigator partnership to support persons living with life-limiting chronic illness in the home (TCARE-2). Volunteers will receive training in navigational competencies and will conduct regular visits with clients in the home while receiving support from the nurse navigator. The partnership model will be evaluated and outcomes compared to the existing nurse navigator model. 

Wall Solutions, Barbara Pesut, 2013

Barbara Pesut
Wall Solutions

Palliative Care without Borders: Rural Integrated Palliative Approach Team

Principal Investigator: Dr. Barbara Pesut, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Partner Organization: Greater Trail Hospice Society, Interior Health

Providing high quality, sustainable palliative care to Canadians who are aging with multiple chronic illnesses is a significant problem. This problem is particularly urgent for rural areas where health care resource challenges put palliative individuals at risk for lower quality care. This project will pilot a community-based Rural Integrated Palliative Approach Team (RIPAT). The purpose of this team is to provide high quality, integrated and sustainable palliative care for individuals living with chronic life-limiting illness in Trail and Castlegar. The objectives of RIPAT are (1) to provide early identification of, and support for, palliative persons and their families, (2) to provide a central and accessible point of contact for palliative information, clinical expertise and support, available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and (3) to establish an accountability process to monitor the quality of palliative care. This team of academic researchers and community based expert palliative care providers includes nurses, physicians, social workers, hospice personnel, funeral directors, family care providers and clergy. At the conclusion of this project, palliative individuals and their families will have the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team of individuals dedicated to providing high quality care through a palliative approach. For more information, read this brochure.