Successful Research Grant Applications
End-of-life Education in the 3rd Year of Medical School
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine proposes to enhance the third-year clinical clerkships' contribution to medical students' preparation to provide palliative care to cancer patients and others with advanced, life-limiting illnesses.
Oncology Nursing Education in End of Life Care
The primary aim of this proposal is to improve end of life care for cancer patients through the national network of oncology nurses in chapters of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).
Reducing Barriers to Pain and Fatigue Management
The overall purpose of this study is to test an innovative model of reducing barriers to the management of pain and fatigue in cancer patients.
Dying at Home of AIDS & Cancer: Preferences & Outcomes
Susan Folkman and Judith Rabkin
A preliminary study to determine the feasibility of conducting a full-scale study to explain discrepancies between preferences and outcomes in type and site of end of life care, and patient and caregiver well-being.
Disseminating End of Life Education to Cancer Centers
The primary aim of this proposal is to improve end-of-life (EOL) care for patients in cancer centers.
Survivorship Education for Quality Cancer Care
The primary aim of this training proposal is to improve quality of care and quality of life for cancer survivors.
Patient-Centered Approach to Advance Care Planning
This research will be useful in redesigning the federally mandated assessment of Advance Directives into an improved process of Advance Care Planning to better fit the spirit of the Patient Self Determination Act.
Efficacy of Massage Therapy at the End of Life
The specific aim of this study is to demonstrate the efficacy of massage therapy for treatment of pain, reduction of physical and emotional symptom distress, and improvement of quality of life among cancer patients at the end of life.
Systematic Assessment to Improve Hospice Outcomes
The primary aims of this study are to determine the efficacy of providing systematic feedback from standardized assessment tools for hospice patients and caregivers in improving hospice outcomes compared to the usual clinical practice and, using those standardized assessments, to identify symptom clusters in hospice patients and how they impact on caregiver and patient well-being.
Improving Palliative Care in Chronic Critical Illness
The aim of this K02 award is to allow the candidate to further her independent research program and career in critical care and palliative medicine in the area for chronic critical illness in older adults.
Quality of Death: Ethnic and Psychosocial Influences
The aims of the proposed study are to determine the extent to which objective death circumstances, subjective death circumstances and goal attainment differ based on the patient's ethnic status.
Enhancing Patient-Oncologist Communication
This project will expand the field of oncologist-patient communication by identifying key communication skills that may assist patients through difficult transitions and by creating an easily disseminable intervention to help oncologists implement these skills.
Trajectories of Serious Illness: Patients and Caregivers
The purpose of this research is to follow patients with three representative advanced chronic illnesses - metastatic cancer, NYHA Class IV congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with hypercapnea - and their caregivers prospectively in order to describe multiple dimensions of the end-of-life experience.