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The Palliative & End-of-Life Care Research Program

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The Palliative & End-of-Life Care Research Program

The University of Washington Palliative & End-of-life Care Research Program is an internationally known research center in palliative and end-of-life care that has been in existence for over 10 years and has contributed to the science of measuring and improving the quality of palliative and end-of-life care. The Program, lead by Dr. J.Randall Curtis and Dr. Ruth A. Engelberg, is housed in a 1500 square-foot suite of offices on the Harborview Medical Center campus of the University of Washington.   The Program team is currently funded by awards from the Patient Centered Outcomes...

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The Latest News

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The Latest News

A Very Special Announcement: Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence [December 2014] The Cambia Health Foundation has provided a $10 million gift to UW Medicine for the Palliative Care Center of Excellence. This very generous gift will help to secure the future of the Center and prompts the renaming of the Center to the “Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence” at UW Medicine.  This gift will also be used to create endowments to support research, education, and clinical leadership in palliative care for UW Medicine and throughout the region. Cambia Health Foundation is...

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Our Web Site

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Our Web Site

The Palliative & End-of-Life Care Research Program has been studying various aspects of end-of-life care and communication since 1998. Our research goals and specific research endeavors are presented on this web site.  Please use the menus above to access general information about our program and staff, our past and present specific research studies, our study results and publications, and resources and instruments that have been developed by the program,

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Palliative and End-of-Life Care Differences

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End-of-life care is care occurring in the last part of a patient’s life, typically in the last few months, depending on the underlying diagnosis and clinical course and also includes planning for end-of-life care.  Palliative care includes end-of-life care, but also entails much more. Palliative care is care that focuses on improving the quality of life and quality of care for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting illness and their families through the prevention and relief of suffering, communication about goals of care, and early identification and assessment and treatment...

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Why Cherry Blossoms?

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Cherry tree blossoms have been used as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life that has often been associated with  the end of life.  They are said to be associated with mono no aware, which can be translated as: “the pathos of things”, “an empathy toward things”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera.”  The term is used to describe the awareness of impermanence or the transience of things, and a gentle sadness at their passing. Cherry Blossom. (n.d.). Wikipedia. Retrieved Sep 28, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom UW cherry tree...

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