Barbara Pesut PhD, RN

Current Positions and Affiliations:

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Health, Ethics and Diversity
  • Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Palliative approach to care
  • Rural palliative care
  • Chronic illness and aging
  • Health services research
  • Ethics
  • Spiritual and religious care for diverse populations in healthcare
  • Integrated knowledge translation

Current Research Related to the Institute's Priorities:

An integrated knowledge translation approach to implementing a model of volunteer navigation for rural older adults living with advanced cancer

Co-PIs: B. Pesut, W. Duggleby, G. Warner, L. Gerard, B. Lynn
Co-Is: K. Fassbender, B. O’Connor, R. Edwards, L. Shervill, J. Davidson
Date: 2016-2018
Funded by: Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute Knowledge Translation Grant $99,996

An integrated knowledge translation approach to examining a model of volunteer navigation (NCARE) to support older adults living with advanced chronic illness in the home

Co-PIs: B. Pesut, D. Barwich, W. Duggleby
Co-Is: M. Dalhuisen, S. Ghosh, J. Holroyd-Leduc, G. Warner
Collaborators: P. Angevine, E. Antifeau, S. Baxter, C. Cash, K. Downer, L. Gerard, G. Hynes, S. Joyce, C. Nekolaichuk, C. Nicholson, B. O’Connor, J. Parmar, M. Peterson Fraser, M. Scales, R. Urquhart, T. Woytkiw
Date: 2016-2019
Funded by: CIHR Project Scheme $347,847

Publications and Reports:


Duggleby, W., Robinson, C.A., Kaasalainen, S., Pesut, B., Nekolaichuk, C., MacLeod, R., Keating, N.C., Santos Salas, A., Hallstrom, L.K., Fraser, K.D., Williams, A., Struthers-Montford, K., & Swindle, J. (2016). Developing navigation competencies to care for older rural adults with advanced illness. Canadian Journal on Aging, 35(2), 206-214. Link to Article

Pesut, B. (2016). There be dragons: Effects of unexplored religion on nurses’ competence in spiritual care. Nursing Inquiry, Epub ahead of print – Link to Article

Pesut, B., Sinclair, S., Fitchett, G., Greig, M., & Koss, S. E. (2016). Health care chaplaincy: A scoping review of the evidence 2009-2014. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 22(2), 67-84. Link to Article

Pesut, B. (2016). Recovering religious voice and imagination: A response to Nolan’s case study “He Needs to Talk!”. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 22(1), 28-39. Link to Article

Sawatzky, R., Porterfield, P., Lee, J., Dixon, D., Lounsbury, K., Pesut, B., Roberts, D., Tayler, C., Voth, J., & Stajduhar, K. (2016). Conceptual foundations of a palliative approach: A knowledge synthesis. BMC Palliative Care, 15(5). Link to Article

Pesut, B. (2015). The production of hospice space: Conceptualising the space of caring and dying by Sarah McGann (review). Canadian Journal on Aging, 34(3), 422-423. Link to Article

Pesut, B., McLean, T., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Hartick-Doane, G., Hutchings, D., Russell, L. (2015). Educating registered nursing and healthcare assistant students in community-based supportive care of older adults: A mixed methods study. Nurse Education Today, 35(9), e-90-e-96. Link to Article

Reimer-Kirkham, S. Doane, G., Antifeau, E., Pesut, B., Porterfield, P., Roberts, D., Stajduhar, K., Wikjord, N. (2015) Translational scholarship and a palliative approach: Enlisting the Knowledge-As-Action Framework.  Advances in Nursing Science, 38(3), 187-202. Link to Article

Potter, G., Pesut, B., Hooper, B., Erbacker, L. (2015). Team-based education in a palliative approach for rural nurses and nursing care providers. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(6) 279-288. Link to Article

Timmins, F. Naughton, M.T. Plakas, S. Pesut, B. (2015). Supporting patients’ and families’ religious and spiritual needs in ICU – can we do more? Guest Editorial. Nursing in Critical Care, 20(3), 115-117.  Link to Article

Pesut, B., Hooper, B., Robinson, C., Bottorff, J., Sawatzky, R., & Dalhuisen, M. (2015). Feasibility of a rural palliative supportive service.  Rural and Remote Health,15: 3116. Link to Article

Pesut, B. (2015) To wear or not to wear – considering religious symbolism in practice: A response to Nambiar-Greenwood and Timmins. Nurse Education Today, 35(5), 633-634. Link to Article

White, C., Pesut, B., & Rush, K. (2014). Intensive care unit patients in the recovery room: A case study of nurses’ experiences. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 29(2), 129-137.  Link to Article

Robinson, C.A., Bottorff, J.L., Pesut, B., Oliffe, J.L., & Tomlinson, J. (2014). The male face of caregiving: A scoping review of men caring for a person with dementia. American Journal of Men’s Health, 8(5), 409-426. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., Stadjuhar, K., McLeod, B., Erbacker, L., & Chan, E. (2014). Educating nurses for palliative care: A scoping review. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 16(1) 47-54. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Hooper, B., Lehbauer, S., & Dalhuisen, M. (2014). Promoting volunteer capacity in hospice palliative care: A narrative review. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care. 31(1), 67-76. Link to Article

Shadd, J., Burge, F., Stajduhar, K.I., Cohen, S.R., Kelley, M.L., & Pesut, B. (2013). It’s time to define – and measure – a palliative approach in primary care. Canadian Family Physician, 59(11), 1149-1150. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Hooper, B., Sawatzky, R., Robinson, C., Bottorff, J., & Dalhuisen, M. (2013). The elusive search for quality care at end of life: Framework for a rural palliative supportive service. Palliative Care: Research and Treatment, 7, 7-17. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Robinson, C., & Bottorff, J. (2013). Among neighbours: An ethnographic account of responsibilities in rural palliative care. Palliative and Supportive Care, 12(2), 1-12. Link to Article

Pesut, B. (2013). If time is relative, then why don’t I have enough of it? Editorial Nursing Philosophy, 14(2), 75-77. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Laberge, C., Sawatzky, R., Mallinson, J., & Rush, K. (2013). Understanding the landscape: Promoting health for rural individuals after tertiary level cardiac intervention. Journal of Rural Health, 29(1), 88-96. Link to Article

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., Cochrane, M., & Redmond, A. (2012). Discourses of spirituality and leadership in nursing: A mixed methods analysis. Journal of Nursing Management, 20(8), 1029-1038. Link to Article

Pesut, B., McLeod, B., Hole, R., & Dalhuisen, M. (2012). Rural nursing and quality end of life care: Palliative care…palliative approach…or somewhere in between. Advances in Nursing Science, 35(4), 288-304. Link to Article

Robinson, C., Pesut, B., & Bottorff, J. (2012). Supporting rural family palliative caregivers. Journal of Family Nursing, 18(4), 467-490. Link to Article

Pesut, B. (2012). Nursings’ need for the idea of spirituality. Nursing Inquiry, 20(1), 5-10. Link to Article

Michalak, E., Hole, R., Holmes, C., Velyvis, V., Austin, J., Pesut, B., & Hou, S. (2012). “Recovery is such a huge word”: Understandings of recovery in people with bipolar disorder and implications for psychiatric care. Psychiatric Annals, 42(5), 173-178. Link to Article

Janke, R., Pesut, B., & Erbacker, L. (2012). Promoting health information literacy through collaborative service learning in an undergraduate research course. Nursing Education Today, 32, 920-923. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Beswick, F., Robinson, C., & Bottorff, J. (2012). Philosophizing social justice in rural palliative care: Hayek’s moral stone? Nursing Philosophy, 13(1), 46-55. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Clark, N., Maxwell, V., & Michalak, E. (2011) Religion and spirituality in the context of Bipolar Disorder: A literature review. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 14 (8), 785-796. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Bottorff, J., & Robinson, C. (2011). Be known, be available, be mutual: A qualitative ethical analysis of social values in rural palliative care. BMC Ethics, 12(19). Link to Article

Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sharma, S., Pesut, B., Sawatzky, R., Meyerhoff, H., & Cochrane, M. (2011). Sacred spaces in public places: Religious and spiritual plurality in healthcare. Nursing Inquiry, 19(3), 202-212. Link to Article

Pesut, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Sawatzky, R., Woodland, G., & Peverall, P. (2012). Hospitable hospitals in a diverse society: From chaplains to spiritual care providers. Journal of Religion and Health. 51(3), 825-836. Link to Article

Lockie, S., Bottorff, J., Robinson, C., & Pesut, B. (2010). Experiences of rural family caregivers who assist with commuting for palliative care. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 42(1), 74-91. Link to Article

Wolff, A., Regan, S., Pesut, B., & Black, J. (2010). Ready for What? An exploration of new graduate nurses’ readiness for practice. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 7(1), 7-15. Link to Article

Robinson, C. A., Pesut, B., & Bottorff, J. L. (2010). Issues in rural palliative care: Views from the countryside. Journal of Rural Health, 26, 78-84. Link to Article

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Barbara Pesut
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Health, Ethics and Diversity
School of Nursing
Faculty of Health and Social Development
UBC Okanagan
3187 University Way  ASC 287B
Kelowna  BC  V1V 1V7

Tel: 250-807-8263




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