Research Projects

Advancing Knowledge in End-of-Life Care

After many years of ongoing research, Victoria Hospice 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.

Below, you will find a selection of featured research projects conducted by Victoria Hospice and various professionals in the field.

Current Research Projects

Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy for End-of-life Emotional Distress Engagement Survey

A team of clinicians and end-of-life specialists; alongside partners from Victoria Hospice, TheraPsil, and the psychedelic medicine assisted therapy community, are interested in generating evidence that explores the use of psilocybin in the compassionate treatment of end-of-life emotional distress. They want to hear from you: What topics should future research focus on?

Click here for more details.

Featured Research Projects

Complicated Grief in Canada

Researchers explored complicated grief in the Canadian professional landscape.

Perceptions of Bereaved Family Members

Researchers explored bereaved family member perceptions of nursing care on an inpatient hospice unit.

Music Therapy for Seniors

Researchers studied the effectiveness of music therapy in hospice palliative care.

Other Research Projects

Clinical Tools

Victoria Hospice offers the following useful clinical tools to help healthcare professionals in their assessment or treatment of patients facing advancing illness, death or bereavement.

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.

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



Jolanta Vaitekonyte, Education and Research Facilitator


Brittany Clark, Education and Research Projects and Events Coordinator


Anke Krey, Education and Research Facilitator