The Palliative Care Research Group is based in the Sobell Study Centre (SSC) at Sir Michael Sobell House (specialist palliative care service), Churchill Hospital. SSC provides leadership and administrative support for a programme of palliative care education, research and continuing professional development for health and social work professionals in Oxford, nationally and internationally. Palliative care research is still in early development. There are three threads to palliative care research in Oxford: symptom management, end-of-life care and rehabilitation. Each of these threads can be woven around most of the themes of the Biomedical Research Centre at Oxford, in particular, blood and cancer, diabetes, heart and stroke, brain, women and chronic diseases. Examples of current projects: death rattle; fatigue in advanced cancer; end-of-life care in stroke patients. At the international level, the PLATO Project (www.platoproject.net) provides a platform for collaborative research and education between Oxford and our palliative care partners in Argentina and South Africa.
A scoping review of initiatives to reduce inappropriate or non-beneficial hospital admissions and bed days in people nearing the end of their life: much innovation, but limited supporting evidence.
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Medical undergraduate palliative care education (UPCE).
McMahon D. and Wee B., (2019), BMJ Support Palliat Care
Clinician barriers and facilitators to heart failure advance care plans: a systematic literature review and qualitative evidence synthesis.
Schichtel M. et al, (2019), BMJ Support Palliat Care
Clinician-targeted interventions to improve advance care planning in heart failure: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Schichtel M. et al, (2019), Heart
CARer-ADministration of as-needed subcutaneous medication for breakthrough symptoms in homebased dying patients (CARiAD): study protocol for a UK-based open randomised pilot trial.
Poolman M. et al, (2019), Trials, 20