By Diane St. Germain, RN, MSN, and Sandra Mitchell, PhD, CRNP
Hosts, "NCI Listens: Identifying Research Gaps in Palliative Care" Session
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary field that is making a growing contribution to quality care, reduced suffering, and improved health outcomes along the cancer trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship and end of life. Effective, evidence-based palliative care is a need of nearly all patients and their loved ones affected by cancer, and increasingly, palliative care is being included in a wide range of cancer care delivery models. Though there are challenges to conducting research in patients with advanced cancer, the need for robust palliative care research is immense. There are significant gaps in the knowledge base needed to ensure the delivery of evidence-informed care.
The 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium offers many opportunities to hear about cutting-edge research findings and to network with colleagues and potential collaborators. In addition, attendees are invited to attend a session to share their thoughts about gaps in knowledge and priorities for palliative care research in oncology with staff from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
NCI supports basic, methodologic, and applied palliative care research focused on topics that include symptom management, informal caregiving, models for the delivery of palliative care services, decision making, dissemination and implementation, cognitive/emotional well-being, communication, and care at the end of life. Diane St. Germain, RN, MSN, of the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention, and Sandra Mitchell, PhD, CRNP, of the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, will host the session, "NCI Listens: Identifying Research Gaps in Palliative Care." Additional NCI program staff will also be in attendance.
The session will be held on Friday evening, September 9, from 6:20 PM to 7:20 PM, and will be an opportunity for NCI to hear from the palliative care research community regarding knowledge gaps, research priorities, and actions they would like NCI to pursue to strengthen palliative care research. After a few introductory comments, NCI program staff will listen. Rather than a lecture or a question-and-answer session, NCI wants to engage the symposium participants in sharing their views and insights regarding palliative care research gaps and the priorities for knowledge development that should be addressed to advance the science of palliative care and effect changes in practice. NCI program staff will integrate the comments to inform future planning in cancer-related palliative care research.
The following day, NCI program staff will be at Meet the Faculty Networking Roundtables. During this session, symposium participants will have the opportunity to interact with NCI Program staff and ask questions regarding research ideas and funding opportunities. Program staff will be able to provide feedback on attendees’ research ideas and identify funding opportunity announcements that best fit these ideas and the appropriate study section for review.
Look for NCI program staff at Table 3: Funding: NCI and Alternative Sources (co-hosted with Dr. Eric Roeland of the University of California, San Diego) on Saturday, September 10, from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM.
We look forward to hearing from you at Friday evening’s session and meeting you on Saturday!
Ms. St. Germain is a nurse consultant and program director in the Division Cancer Prevention, Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group at NCI. Dr. Mitchell is a research scientist and program director in the Outcomes Research Branch, Healthcare Delivery Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at NCI.