Embedding a Palliative Approach in Nursing Care Delivery: An Integrated Knowledge Synthesis

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2017 Jul/Sep;40(3):261-277. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000163.


A palliative approach involves adapting and integrating principles and values from palliative care into the care of persons who have life-limiting conditions throughout their illness trajectories. The aim of this research was to determine what approaches to nursing care delivery support the integration of a palliative approach in hospital, residential, and home care settings. The findings substantiate the importance of embedding the values and tenets of a palliative approach into nursing care delivery, the roles that nurses have in working with interdisciplinary teams to integrate a palliative approach, and the need for practice supports to facilitate that embedding and integration.