Research Agenda

Hospice and palliative nurses provide care in various practice settings, at all stages of chronic illness, and for persons of all ages. Thus the HPNA seeks to provide direction for research by highlighting key gaps in knowledge that serve as barriers to excellent care. The 2015-2018 HPNA Research Agenda builds upon the first agenda (2009-2012) and the second agenda (2012-2015) and retains the same objectives: 1) provide a focus for graduate students and researchers, 2) guide our organizational research funding, and 3) illustrate to other stakeholders the importance of these research foci.

The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, released by the National Consensus Project for Quality Care (NCP), describe essential elements of high-quality palliative care services within eight specific domains. These domains provide the conceptual framework or this Agenda. The HPNA Research Committee surveyed HPNA members to determine which of the eight NCP domains encompassed the most pressing gaps in knowledge and deserved priority consideration. While all research in palliative care is important to patients, the data from members identified specific target areas to focus the organization’s research efforts.

The priority domains for the 2015-2018 Agenda were identified through a member survey. They are: 1) structure and processes of care, 2) physical aspects of care, and 3) psychological and psychiatric aspects of care. These domains encompass both palliative and end-of-life care for patients of all ages who are experiencing a life-limiting condition at any stage of the disease or condition. 

Research Agenda 2015-2018