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Elizabeth Taylor, PhD
Professor, Nursing - Undergraduate
School of Nursing
Member, Nursing, SN, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Research & Grantsmanship    Funded Research Project (PI)
  • Development and Testing of a Psychosocial Intervention for Eating Related Distress among Hospice Patients and Family Carers ( 10/2009 - 8/2012 )
    The goals of this study are to generate evidence for an intervention (Phase 1) which addresses the psychosocial distress related to not eating amongst those at the end of life, and to test the efficacy of this intervention (Phase 2). Thus, a phenomenological study will generate culturally appropriate evidence for New Zealanders upon which to base an intervention (i.e., interactive booklet for patients and family carers to complete). Phase 2 is a randomized experiment that will assess before and after scores on eating symptom distress, dyadic discord, spiritual well-being, and death anxiety/acceptance.
  • Maori Perspectives of Hospice Care ( 2/2010 - 1/2011 )
    This Seeding Grant allows the PI to conduct "hui" or focus groups with Maori families of recently deceased hospice patients. It also supports up to a dozen semi-structured interviews with kaumatua (Maori elders) about their perceptions of hospice. This 1-year project also allows training of a young Maori researcher.
  • How Nurses Converse with Clients to Provide Spiritual Care: A Phenomenological Study ( 6/2005 - 6/2007 )
  • What should I say? Development of a Curriculum for Teaching Health Care Professionals... ( 2/2005 - 3/2007 )
  Funded Research Project (CI)
  • A Christian Theoretical Framing for the Concepts of Religion, Spirituality and Culture in Health Care ( 6/2006 - 5/2008 )
  Non-Funded Research Project
  • Spiritual Assessment: Hospice Nurse, Patient, and Family Carer Perspectives ( 9/2011 - 12/2012 )
    Altthough considerable clinical literature describes how health care professionals should and can conduct a spiritual assessment, there is not evidence describing how the major stakeholders in this endeavor perceive this process. This small project will begin to show what level of comfort hospice nurses and care recipients have with questions inquiring about spirituality and religiosity. A questionnaire created by the investigator will be used to collect data.
  • Is there a disparity between Maori and Pakeha usage of hospice services? A 3-year chart review ( 8/2008 - 10/2009 )