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Grant will aid creation of interdisciplinary oncology palliative care education program
Date:9/8/2010

Louisville, Ky. A multi-disciplinary team representing the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Social Work at the University of Louisville, as well as clinical pastoral education programs in three Louisville hospitals, has been awarded a grant of $1,518,092 from the National Institutes of Health that will fund the development, implementation and evaluation of an interdisciplinary oncology palliative care education program. Work related to the project will begin immediately.

"Almost every family has or will face a loved one needing cancer care, including curative treatment, symptom control and end-of-life care," said Mark Pfeifer, MD, chief medical officer for UofL Health Care and principal investigator on this project. "Patients and families need the united services of physicians, nurses, chaplains and social workers, and there is a real need for health professionals to be educated in an interdisciplinary manner to prepare them for the real-world team environments they experience once they are in practice."

The grant will be paid out over five years and the first year will be devoted to the design of an innovative and integrated oncology palliative care curriculum that will include eight learning activities that will become a required part of the curriculum for all third-year medical students, third and fourth year nursing students, master's level social work students and clinical pastoral education residents.

"The receipt of this grant is a great distinction for UofL, where we have a strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration and where we are well-positioned to make an even greater impact on the lives of our patients, here in Kentucky where cancer is a particularly serious public health issue," said Larry Cook, MD, executive vice president for health affairs at UofL's Health Sciences Center. "It's important to note that our faculty came up with this idea right here at UofL and won this funding through a highly competitive pro
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Contact: Lauren Williams
lauren.williams@louisville.edu
502-852-7461
University of Louisville
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