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Groups award $2 million for palliative care research to improve care of seriously ill patients
Date:6/21/2011

riented research in palliative care in hopes of bringing more funding from federal agencies, which have supported some research in palliative care, but for whom it is not a priority area. Pilot data results are typically needed before a federal agency will consider funding a research project.

The 2011 Grantees:

NPCRC Pilot Project Support Grant Recipients

University of Washington - Ruth Engelberg, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the End-of-life Care Research Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Engelberg will use a mixed-methods design to examine same-sex partners' experiences as end-of-life decision-makers for decisionally-impaired patients dying in critical care settings.

University of California, San Francisco - Steven Pantilat, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, the Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care, and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program. Dr. Pantilat will conduct a pilot randomized clinical trial to assess the impact if a comprehensive, interdisciplinary palliative care intervention provided concurrently with standard cardiology on depression, pain, anxiety fatigue, quality of life, satisfaction with care, and resource utilization among outpatients with Class II-IV heart failure compared to standard cardiology care alone.

University of California, San Francisco - Rebecca L. Sudore, M.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sudore uses a new paradigm of advance care planning that shifts the focus from the pre-specification of life-prolonging procedures to preparing patients to communicate with their surrogates and to actively participate with clinicians in making the best possible in-the-moment decisions. Dr. Sudore will refine and test
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