$2.7 MILLION GRANT FUNDING COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – SCHOOL OF NURSING’S NEW PALLIATIVE CARE RESEARCH CENTER
When patients hear the word “palliative care” they usually began to panic, but NO, it’s not really critical as everyone thinks, as compared to “hospice care.”
According to World Health Organization (WHO), palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
So it’s no doubt why everyone needs palliative care especially those with life-threatening diseases.
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) awarded $2.7 million grant to Columbia University School of Nursing to fund a new exploratory center called the Center for Improving Palliative Care for Vulnerable Adults (CIPC) with multiple chronic conditions (MCC).
In an article, Patricia Stone, PhD, Centennial Professor of Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing and Co-Principal Investigator at CIPC said, “As the country grows older demographically, more and more people are faced with the increased possibility of developing multiple chronic conditions, which can include diabetes and arthritis, among many others, that require long-term management and pain control. Accordingly, improving palliative care across clinical settings could not be more important, and research is the first step in finding out how to do so in an evidence-based, scientifically rigorous manner.”
Conducted in partnership with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the new Center for Improving Palliative Care for Vulnerable Adults will generate knowledge on how best to provide vulnerable populations with palliative care, studying factors influencing health vulnerability that includes race and ethnicity, acculturation, socioeconomic status, age, living location/situation (eg, at home, in assisted living), and sexual identity.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports Columbia University – School Of Nursing’s aim in improving palliative care, because sickness is not just a physical condition, it’s also encountering an emotional and spiritual struggle that patients and their families need to cope with.
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