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Lorraine Holtslander RN, BSN, MN, PhD Emeritus Professor


Lorraine has maintained an active clinical practice with Saskatoon Home Care since 1988, focusing mainly on providing palliative care in the community. Her interests in care of the family, the family caregiver, and end of life care have evolved from this involvement. She has been teaching nursing students since 1990 but assumed a tenure-track position in 2007. Her research and teaching interests include family nursing, community care, and qualitative methodology. She is currently using mixed methods to develop an intervention for older people who are bereaved after caregiving for a patient with advanced cancer.

Lorraine is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Research Interests

  • Palliative care
  • Family caregivers
  • Bereavement
  • Nursing interventions
  • Teaching & learning


  • Qualitative
  • Mixed methods


Duggleby, W., Kuchera, S., MacLeod, R., Scott, T., Holtslander, L., Letendre, A., & Moeke-Maxwell, T. (2015, June 15). Indigenous People’s Experiences at the End of Life. Palliative and Supportive Care, 1-15.

Bally, J., Holtslander, L., Duggleby, W., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., Mpofu, C., & Wright, K. (2014, April 28). Understanding Parents' Experiences Through Their Narratives of Restitution, Chaos, and Quest: Improving care for families experiencing childhood cancer. Journal of Family Nursing.
Comment: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1074840714532716

Holtslander, L., & Bally, J. (2014). The concept of finding balance in bereavement: Applying theory and research to practice. Grief Matters, 17(1), 20.
Comment: (invited short paper) Paper presented at the Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference 2014 in Melbourne, AUS, March 26-28, 2014.

Olson, T., Holtslander, L., & Bowen, A. (2014). Mother’s milk and tears. Clinical Lactation, 5(1), 9-15.

Duggleby, W., Williams, A., Holtslander, L., Thomas, R., Cooper, D., Hallstrom, L., ... O-Rourke, H. (2014). Hope of rural women caregivers of persons with advanced cancer: guilt, self-efficacy and mental health. Rural and Remote Health. Rural and Remote Health, 14.

Williams, A., Duggleby, W., Eby, J., Cooper, D., Hallstrom, L., Holtslander, L., & Thomas, R. (2013, December 17). Hope against hope: Exploring the hopes and challenges of rural female caregivers of persons with advanced cancer. BMC Palliative Care, 12(1), 44.
Comment: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-684X-12-44 PMID: 24341372 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC3878500 Free PMC Article

Burles, M., & Holtslander, L. (2013, December). "Cautiously optimistic that today will be another day with my disease under control": Understanding women's lived experiences of ovarian cancer. Cancer Nursing, 36(6), 436-44.
Comment: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0b013e318277b57e. PMID: 23348660

Duggleby, W., Williams, A., Cooper, D., Holtslander, L., Ghosh, S., Hallstrom, L., & Thomas, R. (2013, October 8). Evaluation of the Living with Hope Program for Rural Women Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Cancer. BMC Palliative Care, 12(36).
Comment: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-684X-12-36, PMID: 24106841 [PubMed]

Bally, J. M., Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., & Wright, K. (2013). Keeping Hope Possible: A Grounded Theory Study of Parental Caregivers Who Have Children in Treatment for Cancer. Cancer Nursing.
Comment: Print: 24145252 PUBMED ID, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0b013e3182a453aa


Thomas R (Principal Investigator), Hammond C (Co-investigator), Egan M (Co-investigator), Gifford W (Co-investigator), Hall P (Co-investigator), Hamilton R (Co-investigator), Towers A (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), King J (Co-investigator), Morrison T (Co-investigator). Planning an international research agenda to advance arts-based interventions for men and women who have experienced cancer, CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant. Total: $9,063.00 for 2015-06 to 2016-06

Kaasalainen S (Principal Investigator), Costello A (Co-principal Investigator), Hunter P (Co-principal Investigator), Neves P (Co-principal Investigator), Thompson G (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Hadjistavropoulos T (Co-investigator), McClement S (Co-investigator), Chochinov H (Co-investigator), Goodridge D (Co-investigator). Partnering Together to Improve Palliative Care in Long Term Care, CIHR; Alberta Innovates; Manitoba Health Research Council; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $740,000.00 for 2015-06 to 2018-06

Duggleby W (Principal Investigator), Parmer J (Co-investigator), Nekoliachuk C (Co-investigator), Mirhosseinie N (Co-investigator), Symes A (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Hudson P (Co-investigator), Peterson-Fraser M (Co-investigator), Tycholiz J (Co-investigator), Chambers T (Co-investigator), Mann A (Co-investigator). Metasynthesis study of transitions experienced by family caregivers of persons at the end of life., Institute for Continuing Care Education and Research. Total: $10,000.00 for 2014-06-01 to 2015-05-30

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Thompson G (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator). A psychosocial intervention for bereaved spousal caregivers of persons with dementia: Adapting the “Finding Balance” tool, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $87,096.00 for 2014-06 to 2017-05

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator), Baxter S (Co-principal Investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Hudson P (Co-investigator), Duncan I (Co-investigator), Cooper D (Co-investigator). Honoring the voices of bereaved caregivers: A metasynthesis of qualitative research with bereaved caregivers, CIHR. Total: $100,000.00 for 2014-03 to 2015-02

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator), Peternelj-Taylor C (Co-principal Investigator), Burles M (Co-investigator), Duncan I (Co-investigator). Palliative Care in Corrections: A Scoping Review, Centre for Forensic Behavioral Science and Justice Studies. Total: $8,392.00 for 2014-01 to 2014-12

Bally J (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Zimmer M (Co-investigator). Developing a Psychosocial Support Intervention for Parents of Children with a Life Limiting or Life Threatening Illness Living in Saskatchewan: A Community Based Approach, RBC Nurses Kids Community Development Program. Total: $40,000.00 for 2013-08 to 2015-08

Davison B (Principal Investigator), Gutwin C (Co-investigator), Szafron M (Co-investigator), Visvanathan K (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Racine L (Co-investigator). Profiling patient’s preferences to facilitate treatment decision making, Canada’s Motorcycle Ride for DAD. Total: $42,896.00 for 2011-11 to 2013-02

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Mpofu C (Co-investigator), Thomas-Maclean R (Co-investigator), Wright K (Co-investigator). The Hope Experience of Parental Caregivers of Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment, CANO/ACIO (Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association Canadienne des Infirmiries en Oncologie). Total: $5,000.00 for 2011 to 2013

Thomas-MacLean R (Co-principal Investigator), Quinlan E (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Kalyn B (Co-investigator), Kowalski K (Co-investigator), McMullen L (Co-investigator), Nicol J (Co-investigator), Teucher U (Co-investigator). Creative practices for people with cancer (CP4PC), SHRF Phase I Group Grant. Total: $60,000.00 for 2011 to 2013