The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Title:  Nuts and Bolts of Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trials in Palliative Care

Date:  Tuesday, September 25, 2015, 11am-12pm

Speaker:  Dr. Nathan Goldstein, MD, Assoc. Prof at Mount Sinai

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 multisite palliative care RCT. Using Dr. Goldstein’s own multisite RCT as an example, he will discuss the process of planning a multisite 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: Goldstein Nuts Bolts RCT.pdf and Goldstein WDM MOP.pdf

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Title:  Intervention Development (PCRC Investigator Development Webinar)

Date:  Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 1-2pm Eastern Daylight Time

Speaker:  Frank Keefe, PhD and Tammy Somers, PhD will be leading September’s webinar on Intervention Development. Frank is the Director of the PCRC Clinical Studies Core and is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Tammy is Sub-Investigator of the PCRC Clinical Studies Core and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.

Presentation: Keefe and Somers Intervention Development (PCRC Investigator Development Webinar) .pdf


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Title:  An Introduction to Mixed Methods

Date:  Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 12-1pm

Speaker:  Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer  Professor of Health Care Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College (AcademyHealth webinar followed by a facilitated group discussion). Dr. Sofaer is Professor of Health Care Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College.  She previously was 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. She completed her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Sofaer is nationally known for her expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research and consults and trains widely on these issues. 

Description:  This webinar features an introduction to mixed methods and includes applied examples from public health services and systems research (PHSSR). 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.

Presentation: Sofaer An Introduction to Mixed Methods.pdf


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Title:  Research in Disenfranchised and Vulnerable Populations: Overcoming Challenges

Date:  Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12-1pm

Speaker:  Brie Williams, MD, MS  Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics.

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: Research in Disenfranchised and Vulnerable Populations: Overcoming Challenges.pdf