PCRC semi-annual meeting

I am in Chicago for the semi-annual Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) annual meeting. This is a great meeting–one of the most intellectually stimulating meetings that I attend.

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has funded the PCRC, which is at its heart a cooperative group for research projects (think Cancer cooperative group except that the RCTs are of palliative interventions as opposed to investigational drugs). A big focus on this weeks meeting is around caregiver research. We at Duke submitted an RO1 last week to expand the study reported here nationally, using the patient recruitment sites in the PCRC.

The impact of caregiving is easily the most important public policy question of our time that receives very little public discussion. Papers like this one and the work of the PCRC will hopefully change this.

About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy at Duke University (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute). I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy, and currently serve as Chair of Duke's University Priorities Committee (UPC). My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

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