Supportive Care

Barriers to Hospice and Palliative Care Research: A Patient-Centered Approach to Intervention Studies

Cheryl Brohard

nursing interventions, research, hospice, palliative care, barriers
CJON 2020, 24(3), 227-230. DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.227-230

Overcoming barriers in hospice and palliative care research is a multifaceted challenge for researchers conducting intervention studies. The complexity and variations of these barriers are abundant and serious in nature and can threaten the success of intervention research for the hospice and palliative care patient population. This article explores how challenges and barriers to intervention research can be mitigated by nurses caring for patients in hospice and palliative care settings.


  • Terminally ill patients participate in intervention research studies for highly personal and altruistic reasons.
  • Bedside nurses play a key role in recruiting patients for hospice and palliative care research.
  • Nurse practitioners can collaborate with researchers to establish effective strategies for conducting intervention research on hospice and palliative care.
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