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.
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.
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.
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.
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.