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Palliative Care

BC Renal, in close collaboration with palliative care colleagues/programs in the geographic health authorities rely on research, evaluation and quality improvement projects to provide evidence-based guidance to support implementation of a provincial palliative care strategy.

Publications and Presentations


  1. Carson RC, Bernacki R. (2017). Is the End in Sight for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Approach to Advance Care Planning? Clin J Am Soc Nephrol.12(3):380-381.
  2. Forzley B, Chiu H, Djurdjev O, Carson R, Hargrove G, Martinusen, D, Karim M. (2017). A survey of Canadian nephrologists assessing prognostication in end-stage renal disease. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease.
  3. Forzley B, Lee E, Chiu H, Djurdjev O, Martinusen D, Carson R, Hargrove G, Levin A, Karim M. (2017). External validation and clinical utility of prediction model for 6-month mortality in patients undergoing hemodialysis for end-stage kidney disease. Palliative medicine.
  1. Kangro, K, Duncan, J. (2015). Integrating a Palliative Approach into Chronic Disease Management. Journal of Palliative Care, 31(3), 203-203
  1. Werb R. Palliative care in the treatment of end-stage renal failure. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. Palliative Care. Guest editor Serife Eti, MD. 2011 Jun; 38(2):299-309


  • Mobilizing Culture Change for Quality Palliative Care in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease in British Columbia
    Team: Helen Chiu, Gaylene Hargrove, Sushila Saunders, James Dong, Donna Murphy-Burke, Ognjenka Djurdjev, Adeera Levin, Mohamud Karim on behalf of the BCPRA Palliative Care Committee
    *For a copy of this poster, please contact Helen Chiu through the BC Renal Agency at

  1. A Palliative Approach to Care for CKD: Goals of Care Discussions
    Lead: Jennifer Minelli
    Team: Marnie MacKinnon, Sharon Gradin, Jennifer Minelli, Tea Palamarevic, Jade Rust

  1. Advancing Quality in End-of-Life Care for Patients with Kidney Disease in British Columbia
    Organizations: BC Renal Agency; University of British Columbia
    Team: Helen Chiu, Donna Murphy-Burke, Ronald Werb, Beverly Jung, Clifford Chan-Yan, John Duncan, Brian Forzley, Robin Lowry, Gaylene Hargrove, Rachel Carson, Adeera Levin, Mohamud Karim, on behalf of the EOL Steering Committee
  2. Establishing an Integrated Population-Based Approach to Renal Palliative Care
    Organization: BCPRA; University of British Columbia
    Team: Helen Chiu, Donna Murphy-burke, Ronald Werb, John A. Duncan, Gaylene M. Hargrove, Adeera Levin, Mohamud A. Karim.
  1. Implementing a provincial framework for End of Life (EOL) Care in British ColumbiaOrganizations: Fraser Health, Providence Health Care, Vancouver Island Health, Interior Health, Northern Health; BC Renal AgencyTeam: Mohamud Karim, Donna Murphy-Burke; Ron Werb; Clifford Chan-Yan; Rachel Carson; Gaylene Hargrove; Brian Forzley; Marie Michaud; Robin Lowry
  1. Advancing End of Life Care Provision - A Provincial Framework
    Organizations: Fraser Health, Providence Health Care, Vancouver Island Health; BC Renal Agency
    Team:Mohamud Karim, Donna Murphy-Burke; Marianna Leung; Clifford Chan Yan; Ron Werb; Gaylene Hargrove

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