hospice care, HPNA, nursing education, palliative care, research



  1. HPNA 2015-2018 Research Agenda Task Force


Hospice and palliative nursing care occurs in most practice settings, at all stages of chronic illness, and for persons of all ages. Thus, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (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 is designed to (1) provide a focus for graduate students and researchers, (2) guide research funding by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, and (3) illustrate to other stakeholders the importance of these research foci. The agenda also begins to outline a procedure for HPNA development and endorsement of clinical practice guidelines. The resulting document has been developed for all HPNA members regardless of role: clinical, academic, or research. Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association members were asked to select from among the 8 domains of the National Consensus Project which domain encompassed the most pressing gaps in knowledge. The 2 most frequently selected domains were (1) structure and processes of care and (2) physical aspects of care. The third component of this agenda, also member driven, will focus on the process of research translation in palliative nursing. While all research in palliative care is important to patients, the 2015-2018 HPNA Research Agenda identifies specific target areas to bring focus to research efforts and highlights the importance of research translation.