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Welcome to the Living with Hope research project website. This site contains information about the research studies lead by Dr. Wendy Duggleby on hope in cancer patients, people with dementia, and their caregivers.

The title "Living with Hope" came from the first study that was completed in 2003. Terminally ill cancer patients described the importance of living with hope at the end of life.

Dr. Duggleby is based at the University of Alberta, and her research teams comprise of individuals from across Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

In the Media

Dr. Duggleby was interviewed by the de Souza Institute in 2019 to discuss her work with male spouses of women with breast cancer.

Research Studies

Abstracts describing the studies are available by clicking on the "Research Studies" tab. Manuscripts that have been published as a result of these studies can be found under each individual study.

These studies could not have been completed without the assistance of funding agencies, research team members, graduate students, Health Region partners, and patients and their families. We are grateful to all.


The newest film was released in April 2018 and features volunteer navigators interacting with older adults in their own homes in Camrose and Killam, Alberta. The Nav-CARE film is based on one of Dr. Duggleby's research studies titled Navigating Partnerships: Connecting, Assessing, Resourcing and Engaging (N-CARE) Older Persons, Families and Communities and can be found under the Research Studies tab. The study was funded by Covenant Health Seniors Health and Wellness Innovation Fund (12 mins).

Connecting with Hope reflects the hope experience of family caregivers of persons with dementia residing in Long Term Care Facilities. This video was funded by the Nursing Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life (16 minutes).

Engaging Hope reflects the hope experience of male spouses of women with breast cancer. This video was funded by Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT (20 mins).

Hope in Action features family caregivers of persons with dementia. This video was funded by the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan (18 mins).

Living with Hope is an award-winning video that reflects the hope experience of terminally ill persons and their families. It was recently updated in 2012. This video was funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (17 mins).

This site will be continually updated with study results whenever possible. If you have suggestions or comments, please contact us.