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Rachel Carter


Rachel Carter joined Providence Health Care as a Research Scholar in Equity in Palliative Care in June 2023. With a deep passion for making a tangible difference in the field of palliative care research, she has a genuine desire to improve the care of those experiencing structural inequities. Following her PhD in biomedical breast cancer research, Rachel transitioned into health research to allow her to have a more direct impact on patient care. She has been instrumental in conducting and supporting the research activities at the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) since 2015, where she continues as Director of Research. Rachel is an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, UBC.

Research Interests

  • Equity in Palliative Care

Much of Rachel’s past research has included community-based Advance Care Planning education, focusing on improving awareness and engagement by increasing community capacity. This model has been spread throughout the province, and has subsequently been adapted for the Chinese and South Asian communities, and for people living with dementia and their family/friend caregivers. More recently, her experience includes grief and bereavement supports within the province, and building consensus around the definition of care provided by hospice societies in BC.

Her expertise spans implementation science, knowledge translation, patient engagement, and quality improvement projects, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Rachel’s commitment to patient-oriented research principles is unwavering. She actively involves people with lived experiences in research projects, ensuring their voices are heard and that outcomes truly reflect the needs of the community.

Additional Affilitations
  • Research Scholar, Equity in Palliative Care, Division of Palliative Care, Providence Health Care
  • Adjunct Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, UBC
  • Director of Research, BC Centre for Palliative Care