Research Projects

Selected studies and clinical tools

After many years of ongoing research, we formally established a Research department in 2007, and merged with Education Services in 2017. Over the years, we have conducted research in new pain drugs, bowel care, respiratory congestion, family support and children and bereavement.

Our research team has developed tools for timely access and prognosis, created standards to monitor palliative care across institutions, and conducted internal surveys that lead to improved services for patients and families.

Our Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) – a tool for predicting survival – is used in most palliative care facilities in B.C. and Canada, is widely used in 23 countries around the world and has been translated into ten languages. Our bereavement risk assessment tool (BRAT), also developed by our research team, identifies people at risk for a significantly negative bereavement experience.

For more information on selected studies undertaken by Victoria Hospice, please contact us.



Theresa Brown, Co-op Student


Brittany Clark, Education and Research Projects and Events Coordinator


Anke Krey, Education Facilitator