Doris Barwich

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Dying at home is a goal promoted by many healthcare providers and governments as a way to enhance the dying experience for cancer patients and their family members. A key element to realizing this goal is the availability of a family member who is willing to provide care at home. Little research has been conducted on the factors that influence family(More)
Carbohydrate intolerance is a common observation in endogenous hypertriglyceridemia (HL). So far the nature of this metabolic defect, which accompanies postprandial hyperinsulinemia and a reduced hypoglycemic action of insulin, has not been elucidated. We have examined cellular insulin binding in 20 subjects affected with HL (average plasma triglyceride(More)
CONTEXT The goal of end-of-life (EOL) communication and decision making is to create a shared understanding about a person's values and treatment preferences that will lead to a plan of care that is consistent with these values and preferences. Improvements in communication and decision making at the EOL have been identified as a high priority from a(More)
BACKGROUND Advance care planning (ACP) has the potential to increase patient-centred care, reduce caregiver burden, and reduce healthcare costs at the end of life. Current levels of public participation in ACP activities are unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine the level of engagement of average Canadians in ACP activities. METHODS Data(More)
CONTEXT There is a lack of evidence to guide constipation management in patients receiving palliative care. Data collection requires the systematic use of validated assessment tools. OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to assess the usefulness of the Victoria Bowel Performance Scale (BPS) as an audit tool. METHODS Charts were reviewed before and(More)
This is a knowledge translation project to promote the uptake of best practices in end-of-life (EOL) care within the primary care setting in British Columbia (BC) through the use of tools embedded into electronic medical records (EMRs). The knowledge-to-action model is used to engage primary care providers in co-designing, adopting and evaluating the EOL(More)