The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Research in Disenfranchised and Vulnerable Populations: Overcoming ChallengesBrie Williams, MD, MS  Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics, May 12, 2015

Description: The overall goal of this webinar is to become familiar with challenges inherent in conducting research with disenfranchised and vulnerable populations and to discuss strategies for conducting ethical, rigorous research with vulnerable populations through a case-based research scenario. Presentation may be viewed here: Here

An Introduction to Mixed MethodsShoshanna Sofaer, DrPH, MPH  Professor of Health Care Policy, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, former Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and Assistant Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health, September 1, 2015

Description:  This is an AcademyHealth webinar followed by a facilitated group discussion. It features an introduction to mixed methods and includes applied examples from public health services and systems research. The course is intended for researchers at all levels as well as practitioners looking to translate research findings. Those with training in mixed methods are also encouraged to participate, in order to refresh their knowledge of current best practices. Participants will view the webinar on their own and Dr. Aldridge will facilitate a group discussion of the webinar content and its applicability to palliative care research and to the participants’ specific areas of research interest. Dr. Sofaer's Academy Health presentation may be viewed here: Here

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Intervention Development (Palliative Care Research Cooperative Investigator Development Webinar)Frank Keefe, PhD and Tammy Somers, PhD, Dr. Keefe is Director of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Clinical Studies Core and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Somers is Sub-Investigator of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Clinical Studies Core and is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, September 22, 2015

Presentation slides may be viewed here: Here 

Nuts and Bolts of Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trials in Palliative CareNathan Goldstein, MD, Associate Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, September 25, 2015

Description:  Multi-site RCTs are crucial for building the evidence base for palliative care interventions. The challenges of conducting a multi-site trial in terms of the complexity of trial design, operations, and management, should not be underestimated. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the "nuts and bolts" of designing and conducting a multi-site palliative care RCT. Using Dr. Goldstein’s own multi-site RCT as an example, he will discuss the process of planning a multi-site study including the choice of design type, selection of sites, and duration of follow-up. He will then discuss aspects of trial implementation, including recruitment, randomization, and data management. He will follow with a discussion of challenges related to variation across sites in patient enrollment and retention, interim analysis techniques, stopping rules, and ethical considerations. The webinar will conclude with thoughts on lessons learned and recommendations for future trials.  Presentation slides may be viewed here: Here; Supplement here