Colo. -The University of Colorado and Duke University schools
of medicine have received a $10 million grant from the National Institute for
Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue
the development of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) over
the next five years.
consortium addresses national research priorities in palliative care and
end-of-life by enhancing the quality and efficiency of research and educating
doctors and patients about best practices. The goal is to promote research that
leads to better ways of relieving suffering and improving quality of life for
patients who have advanced, potentially life-limiting illnesses.
the nation’s first cooperative group focused on palliative care research, the
PCRC was established in 2010 with initial funding from the NINR/NIH, and now
includes more than 20 member institutions across the nation.
will develop key resources and infrastructure that nurture, enlist, and harness
investigator and site interest,” said Jean Kutner, MD, MSPH, professor of
medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and PCRC Co-Chair.
“This will enable us to promote the conduct and translation of high-quality,
collaborative, patient-centered palliative care and end-of-life research.”
intend for the PCRC to set the gold standard for multisite palliative care and
end-of-life research,” said Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, director of the Center for
Learning Health Care at Duke and PCRC Co-Chair. “Progress under the initial
grant has catalyzed an outpouring of broad interest, motivation, support, and
enthusiasm. The recent award will support efforts to build the cooperative
group into a more robust, enduring resource for research support and training.”
co-chairs oversaw the group’s first multi-site clinical trial designed to
determine if discontinuing cholesterol-lowering medications when patients near
the end of life alters survival and quality of life, or leads to any adverse
consequences. This trial completed enrollment in May 2013 at 15 U.S. sites.
Results are expected to be published in upcoming months.
addition to Duke and the University of Colorado, consortium members include
Four Seasons, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of
Alabama at Birmingham, Beth Israel Medical Center, University of Wisconsin at
Madison, Northwestern University, Mayo Clinic, Mount Sinai School of Medicine,
Kaiser Permanente Denver, Case Western/Hospice of the Western Reserve,
Washington University St Louis, Capital Caring, University of California San
Francisco, City of Hope, Ohio State, MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Denver
Hospice, Hayden Medical Center, and Flinders University.
PCRC is partnered with and funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research
through a cooperative agreement (Grant 1U24NR014637-01).
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