Assessing student characteristics in palliative care education research: A literature review

Megan Lippe, Patricia Carter

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Assessing characteristics in educational research is important to describe a student sample. However, consistency in measuring student characteristics is lacking, particularly in palliative and end-of-life (PEOL) care education research. Methods: A literature review was conducted to determine the primary characteristics to assess in PEOL education research, the corresponding level of measurement and associated statistical analyses to perform with the data. Results: Key characteristics to measure include: age, previous PEOL healthcare experience, previous personal experience with death/loss, previous PEOL education, program of enrolment and religion. Gender, ethnicity/race and living situation/place of residence were not supported as key characteristics to assess. Best methods by which to measure characteristics remain unclear and the utilisation of characteristics in research is inconsistent. Conclusion: Identifed characteristics should be measured in PEOL education research at the highest level of measurement. The influence of characteristics on outcomes should be considered in association with research questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-408
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Demography
  • Educational research
  • Nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


Dive into the research topics of 'Assessing student characteristics in palliative care education research: A literature review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this