Office of Research

End of Life Care Research Program


The mission of the End-of-life Care Research Program is to improve the quality of palliative and end-of-life care for patients and their families. The End-of-Life Care Research Program is composed of clinical and health services investigators and staff working on research projects that have as their overall goal the improvement of palliative and end-of-life care. In addition to providing core support for these specific projects, the Program serves as a resource to other investigators conducting related research.

It is also a goal of the Program to participate in education by providing the resources for medical students, medical residents, physician-fellows, nurses, and others to participate in these projects and conduct related research projects. The Program personnel also conduct clinical education for medical and nursing staff interested in improving patient-clinician communication about end-of-life care and improving the quality of care at the end of life.

Finally, several of the assessment tools and outcome measures being developed and validated by the Program will be used in quality improvement projects targeting end-of-life care. The ultimate goal of these instruments is to measure and ultimately improve care at the end of life.

Core Services Offered

Research, quality improvement and clinician Education.

Funding Information:

National Institutes of Health (NIH): R01.NR009987, 2007-2012; R01 NR005226, 2001-2013; K24.HL0068593, 2007-2012.
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): 2013-2016

Reporting Structure:

Robb Glenny, Head of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and William Bremner, Chair, Department of Medicine.

Related UW Entities:

School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems,
School of Public Health, Department of Health Services,
School of Law

External Partners:

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System

Center Details

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Director: Curtis, J. Randall
Location: Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA
Year Started: 1999
Administrators / Program Managers: Engelberg, Ruth A
Nielsen, Elizabeth L
Administering College/School: School of Medicine 
P.I. Home Department: School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care 
Faculty Involvement: 10