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Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness.
Welsh Goverment

Palliative and Supportive Care Research

Palliative and supportive care research is a key work stream within the newly established Wales Cancer Research Centre and is led from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre based in Cardiff.

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The Palliative and Supportive Care work stream is committed to develop and undertake well designed research which will directly improve the care and experience of patients, and their carers, in the advanced stages of their illness.

This workstream will further the development of the palliative and supportive care research portfolio in Wales by focusing on:

  • Patient/carer rather than disease focused outcomes

  • Multidisciplinary team research across all care settings

  • Establishing a repository of existing research evidence

  • Engaging with clinical teams and policy makers to place findings straight to practice

  • Dissemination by traditional routes and by using social media

  • Ongoing development of high quality, sustainable and appropriately evaluated public and patient engagement

Our ambition is to remain at the forefront of research in palliative care.


What are the next steps in social care for people with cancer?

What are the next steps in social care for people with cancer?  In June 2016 the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC) held a Social Care and Cancer Conference which brought together academics, government, statutory and third sector professionals with patient representatives to identify key service challenges and prioritise areas where research can support future practice change in relation to social care for people with cancer. Find out what the next steps are.

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The wider network includes individuals working across Wales with an interest in palliative care research.

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PaCERS - We have developed the Palliative Care Evidence Review Service to support professionals and other decision-makers working in palliative care. Its aim is to conduct rapid reviews to answer research questions of current importance to health care professionals and other decision-makers in relation to palliative care, in the shortest possible time. 

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