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Palliative Care Research

The Division of Palliative Care partners with the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences in palliative care research. Our research and quality improvement interests include:

  • handsEnhancing skills in serious illness communication among residents and busy clinicians;
  • Measuring impact of palliative care on patient outcomes, caregiver stress and health care utilization;
  • Encouraging improved pain management through standardization of care;
  • Improving advance care planning in patients with serious illness and ensuring appropriate documentation of their wishes and treatment preferences;
  • Promoting access to palliative care for patients and families earlier in disease course through pro-active identification and collaboration with other specialties.

The Division of Palliative Care is a member of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC), a national network of academic and community palliative care programs that engages in shared research opportunities:

Learn more at http://palliativecareresearch.org