School of Nursing
Jennifer Kryworuchko’s research examines the organization and delivery of health care services during serious illness. Tragically, some people die without access to palliative care. Palliative care aims to relieve suffering (e.g., confusion, anxiety, restlessness, pain, breathlessness, vomiting) and improve quality of life.
She is particularly interested in how inclusion in health decision-making and access to care is shaped by social, cultural, economic and political contexts. We know that palliative care can help people live longer and with a better quality of life. People who are particularly vulnerable to poor health, for example, might experience systemic and/or societal barriers (racism and discrimination), structural factors (e.g., extreme poverty, unstable housing, and a lack of affordable and appropriate care), individual mental illness, and cognitive, behavioral or physical challenges that affect the amount and quality of care.
Jennifer’s research intends to make sure all people have the opportunity to influence decisions about their healthcare and receive high-quality palliative care. Her research involves community partnerships to develop and test multi-level interventions, and ensure that findings are meaningfully included in health and social policy, system design and care delivery.
Prior to UBC:
Before coming to UBC, Jennifer had a career as a clinical nurse. She was a Nursing Officer in the Canadian Forces and a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at the Ottawa Hospital. She completed her PhD (Nursing) and Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research at the University of Ottawa. Most recently, she held a tenured faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan.
Jen’s research work has been published in American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Implementation Science, and recently in BMJ Open. She is thrilled to be working with the BC Centre for Palliative Care and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.
In her spare time, she drives her teenaged athletes to the Oval, various soccer fields and swimming pools across the lower mainland, and to canoe-slalom training and races at Tamihi Rapids and across Canada! When she isn’t driving, she might be tucked on the couch with her family watching Netflix, or hiking, swimming, running or paddling.