The Office of Graduate Programs is pleased to announce that Kimberley Thomas will be defending their thesis entitled “Long Journeys: Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives about Promoting Equity and Community-Based Palliative Care for Rural, Remote and Indigenous Communities in Northern British Columbia” as a candidate for the degree Master of Science in Health Sciences. We encourage you to view the defence online. The details on the defence and how to join are included below.
DATE: May 21, 2020
TIME: 2:00 PM
LINK TO JOIN: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 949 6301 6983
To ensure the defence proceeds with no interruptions, please mute your audio and video on entry and do not share your screen inadvertently. The meeting will be locked to entry 5 minutes after it begins, ensure you are on time.
ABSTRACT: Inequitable access to palliative care in Canada is a pressing issue. People with life-limiting illnesses in rural and remote northern and Indigenous geographies in British Columbia (BC) face ethically problematic barriers to receiving palliative care. Palliative approaches that are equity-oriented and community-based bring significant improvements to the healthcare system and to people’s quality of life. The purpose of this qualitative study was to find ways to promote health equity and community-based palliative care. This research is informed by action-oriented, anti-colonial, and critical Indigenous methodologies. As perspectives of frontline healthcare workers offer transformative insights, palliative care providers working in northern BC were interviewed, and, from their interviews, three main themes emerged. These were (1) Support Primary Palliative Care, (2) Earlier and Inclusive Integration of Palliative Care, and (3) Culturally Safe Palliative Care. The implications of these findings are situated at the intersection of cultural safety, public health, and health promotion
Chair: Dr. Davina Banner-Lukaris
University of Northern British Columbia