Investigator:  Cheryl Brohard
Funding:  This research is being funded by the Phi Chi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Research society.

Why am I being invited to take part in a research study?
We invite you to take part in a research study because you are a nurse in the state of Texas.

What should I know about a research study?
  • Whether or not you take part is up to you.
  • You can choose not to take part.
  • You can agree to take part and later change your mind.
  • Your decision will not be held against you.
  • You can ask all the questions you want before you decide, and can ask questions at any time during the study.

Why is this research being done?
The purpose of this research is to determine gaps in knowledge about palliative care among nurses licensed to practice at all levels in the state of Texas in order to prioritize future educational activities. The long term significance of this research study is to increase the knowledge of nurses for palliative and end-of-life care in order to provide competent and quality nursing care to the hundreds of patients and families they will care for throughout their nursing career. As the large generation of Baby Boomers age, the volume of deaths in the U.S. will rise, and nurses in the health care systems will encounter more palliative care and end-of-life situations. The findings of this research will benefit the patients and families in Texas, the U.S., and the world, as the final trajectory of life is universal to all humans.  The lessons learned from this study will be applicable to all nurses across health care settings including community health nurses practicing hospice and palliative care.

How long will the research last?
We expect the survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete. 

How many people will be studied?
We expect to enroll about 1000 people in this research study.