Emergency Crises at the End of Life (Palliative Sedation)

Principal Investigator
Dr. Bruno Gagnon
CHU de Québec-Université Laval
Study Contact
Project Lay Summary

Some people have severe pain, confusion, difficulty breathing, or other problems at the end of life that cause unbearable suffering. Sometimes, the symptoms are so extreme that no available medications help relieve patient suffering. In these cases, patients may receive palliative sedation. Palliative sedation is when the patient is put to sleep (sedated) with medications called sedatives, so they no longer feel the symptoms that are causing them to suffer. The best way to provide palliative sedation, such as when and who to provide it to, is still not well known. In this project, we will conduct interviews with healthcare providers, review medical charts, and review existing research to create an online training program for healthcare providers to learn more about palliative sedation and be confident in the decisions they make with patients and their loved ones at the end of life.

Project Details
Non-Drug Study
Ontario, Quebec
Research Topics
Symptom Management, Health Services
Pain, Delirium, Anxiety, Existential Distress, Palliative Care and COVID-19, Palliative Sedation
Target Groups
Healthcare Providers

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