Top ten research priorities for palliative and end of life care revealed

20082014“We hope that the results of this ground-breaking work will help focus researchers and funding bodies on the questions about palliative and end of life care that concerns patients, carers and clinicians the most, as well as demonstrates the need for increased funding in this under-researched area.”

Identifying the best ways of providing care and support to terminally ill people, their families and carers outside of ‘working hours’ has been rated the top priority for the future of palliative and end of life care research, according to a new report launched on 15 January.

A ‘top ten’ of unanswered questions in palliative and end of life care has been published by the Palliative and end of life care Priority Setting Partnership.

The Partnership’s final report was launched today at the Palliative and End of Life Care Research Summit and follows an extensive 18-month consultation, during which over 1,400 patients, carers and health and social care professionals helped determine the most important unanswered questions (i.e. gaps in existing evidence) that could improve overall care and experiences.

As well as research into how care can be provided outside of working hours, other top priorities include looking at how access to palliative care services can be improved for everyone, regardless of where they are in the UK, and what the benefits are of Advance Care Planning…read more

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