Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative: making a difference worldwide in end of life care – IMPACCT, Faculty of Health, UTS
Professor David Currow, Chief Investigator, PaCCSC -The most exciting part of being the chief investigator of the palliative care clinical studies collaborative is that we're making a difference. We're doing that collaboratively, we've got young investigators from nursing and medicine from pharmacy, we've got experienced investigators, we've got people from outside palliative care all pitching in to make sure that we're doing high quality studies. So, when we think about global relevance, being able to have a low cost, low tech, high impact study that looks a day to day practice is making a big difference. It meant that we've had services from the Indian subcontinent in Africa, in parts of Eastern Europe, where the resources are very limited to do the sort of big prospective clinical trials that we've done, but where we're able to get really important information and have the next generation of researchers engage with us and take those first really important steps.
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The Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) is an Australia-wide research network that aims to improve the wellbeing of people with life-limiting illnesses through:
- the generation of high quality research evidence to support effective palliative care clinical interventions including medications
- building capacity within the health workforce in the conduct and understanding of high quality palliative care clinical research
- the translation of palliative care research results into clinical practice and policy.
Public health and clinical advances have led to people living longer and consequently having a higher likelihood of warning of death. Our role is to engage in high quality research that provides the evidence base to underpin and optimise quality healthcare practice for people with life-limiting illnesses.
PaCCSC is a national, member-based research network comprised of a participating network of hospitals and health services throughout Australia, where the benefits of our research can be applied directly to patients and, more broadly, to health policy. Our national office is located at the University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, New South Wales.
Strategic Direction 2018-2021
Strategic Direction 1: To continue to support and grow a network of researchers who collaborate to conduct high quality clinical research in palliative care.
Strategic Direction 2: To build the evidence base to support the quality use of medications and other interventions to positively influence healthcare practices and policies for people with life limiting illnesses.
Strategic Direction 3: To continue to build national capacity to support and facilitate high quality clinical research in palliative care and its translation into clinical practice, policy and community awareness.