Research Opportunities in Palliative Medicine

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A Abstract of Journal Article - August 2001

Symposium on End-of-Life Care

By Catherine Sweeney, MB; and Eduardo Bruera, MD

Patients who require palliative care have many physical and psychosocial needs. Their families also require care and advice. Despite recent advances in assessment and management, major issues relating to palliative care for patients and their families remain unanswered.

Several challenges face researchers in this area. We discuss administrative issues, including historical development, funding, academic recognition, integration of services, and cooperation among different centers. Methodological challenges in patient issues and trial design are outlined, and areas for future research are proposed.

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