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:  Thursday, September 13, 2018, 4:00pm-5:00pm

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. 

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Title: 12 Books You Should Read to Have an Academic Career

Date:  Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Speaker: Robert Arnold, MD, Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Director at the Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication


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Title: Applying for Research Jobs in Palliative Care

Date: May 25, 2018

Speaker: Yael Schenker, MD  Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Palliative Care Research at the University of Pittsburgh


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Title: Practical Guidance for Cost Analysis of Healthcare Data

Speaker: Peter May, PhD, Dr. May is a health-economist focusing on care for people with serious chronic illness. He is currently a Research Fellow in Health Economics at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. 

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 1-2pm EST

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


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Title: How to Design an Award-Winning Poster Presentation

Speaker: John Beilenson, founder and President of Strategic Communications & Planning (SCP)

Date: Thursday , February 22, 2018, 4-5pm EST

PresentationPCRC Webinar_Designing an Award-Winning Poster.pdf