September 19, 2016

NINR Director Dr. Patricia A. Grady has authored “Advancing Palliative and End-of-Life Science in Cardiorespiratory Populations: The Contributions of Nursing Science” in Heart & Lung The Journal of Acute and Critical Care.

In this article, Dr. Grady describes nursing science’s role in informing practice, promoting health, and improving the lives of individuals with advanced cardiorespiratory disease. She notes that palliative care can help reduce the substantial burden of cardiorespiratory disease on patients. According to Dr. Grady, “A growing evidence base is demonstrating that comprehensive palliative care delivered throughout the trajectory of a cardiorespiratory disease significantly improves quality of life.”

Dr. Grady describes some of the advances made through NINR-supported palliative care research in areas such as advanced cardiorespiratory symptoms, communication in critical care and other settings, and improving quality of life.

Additionally, Dr. Grady discusses future directions for end-of-life and palliative care research for cardiorespiratory populations, including those identified by NINR’s Innovative Questions initiative, which was designed to develop lists of creative and results-oriented research questions that could assist in guiding future research directions in nursing science.

For access to the article, visit PubMed.

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