The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Nuts and Bolts of Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trials in Palliative CareNathan Goldstein, MD, Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, September 13, 2018

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: will be posted soon...



Practical Guidance for Cost Analysis of Healthcare Data, Peter May, PhD, Research Fellow in Health Economics, Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, March 22, 2018

Description: This session will provide practical guidance for conducting cost analysis in palliative and end-of-life care. Considerations include understanding dependent and primary independent variables, statistical challenges with utilization data, and the challenges and opportunities in current economics of palliative care research. 

Presentation: Practical Guidance for Cost Analysis of Healthcare Data  Recording

How to Design an Award-Winning Poster Presentation (Palliative Care Research Cooperative Investigator Development webinar), John Beilenson, founder and President of Strategic Communications & Planning, February 22, 2018

Presentation may be viewed herePCRC Webinar_Designing an Award-Winning Poster.pdf  Recording: