May 22, 2024
NIA is leading efforts to coordinate NIH palliative care research

NIA is leading efforts to coordinate NIH palliative care research

Chandra KELLER,
Social Science Analyst,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)

Headshot of Alexis Bakos, NIA

Alexis BAKOS,
Health Scientist Administrator,
Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG)

The blog authors thank the other members of the core NIA palliative care team, Basil Eldadah and Elena Fazio, for their contributions to this post, and Jessica Boten for her review and input.

When you hear the words “palliative care,” you may initially think of end-of-life or hospice care, but it is much broader in scope. Palliative care is an interdisciplinary field focused on improving quality of life for people with serious illness and their families and caregivers. Core elements of palliative care include treating symptoms such as pain and psychological distress, understanding and addressing the patient’s and family’s care goals, and facilitating care coordination. Palliative care can occur at any time during the trajectory of serious illness, even alongside interventions intended to treat or cure disease.

New NIH collaborative approach to palliative care research

Multiple NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) support research on palliative care relevant to their unique audiences and disease portfolios. A centralized NIH approach would help identify synergies among these ICs and create a clearer training path for those interested in research careers in this area. We’re excited that recently, NIA was named the lead NIH Institute for this effort.

New opportunity for a palliative care consortium

To expand research in this critical area, NIH has released a new funding opportunity to develop the Consortium for Palliative Care Research Across the Lifespan. The initiative is supported by NIA as well as the National Cancer Institute, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institute of Nursing Research, with additional ICs contributing expertise and programmatic support. The consortium will:

  • Generate new scientific knowledge in part through pilot and exploratory studies awarded through national, peer-reviewed competitions
  • Foster training and mentoring of early- and mid-career palliative care investigators through its Research Education Core Scholars program and other activities
  • Engage health care systems and community-based organizations as research partners and settings
  • Facilitate research to understand and address disparities in access, quality, and use of palliative care services
  • Disseminate research findings, best practices, data, and other impactful resources to the palliative care research and clinical communities

Check out the webinar on March 15 and apply by July 2

Interested applicants should register for the pre-application technical assistance webinar on March 15, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. ET. We strongly encourage submission of webinar questions in advance by emailing [email protected]. Applications are due by July 2, 2024. For more information, visit our FAQs page.

We look forward to working with you to advance NIH palliative care research! If you have questions, please email the team or leave a comment below.

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