Frequently Asked Questions

PCRC FAQs

  1. What is the PCRC?
  2. What is a research cooperative?
  3. Why should I join the PCRC?
  4. How do I become a member?
  5. How long has the PCRC been in existence?
  6. How many people and institutions are involved?
  7. Who leads the PCRC?
  8. What is the PCRC’s organizational structure?
  9. What types of research projects does the PCRC anticipate including in their portfolio?

What is the PCRC?

The PCRC is the first research cooperative in the United States focused specifically on advancing the science of palliative and end‐of­‐life research through rigorous, multi­‐site, evidence­‐based research.

What is a research cooperative?

A cooperative group is a compelling approach to research. It offers a means to complete, in a timely way, complex studies that otherwise would not or could not be undertaken. It encourages the use of common outcome measures, enhances recruitment, and maximizes generalizability of study results. By pooling resources and expertise across sites, it exploits economies of scale and leverages sites’ varied research capacities. This is especially relevant in palliative care where the majority of care is provided in community-based venues without the substantial research infrastructure or research expertise present in academic medical centers.

Why should I join the PCRC?

There are many reasons to join the PCRC. You will benefit from:

  • Mentoring
  • Pilot grant funding
  • Support from our methodologic cores
  • Educational resources
  • In-person meetings
  • Clinical Trials and Intensives and Webinars
  • Measurement libraries
  • Access to the PCRC data repository for secondary data analyses

How do I become a member?

The online membership application can be found here.  The Membership Committee meets quarterly to review applicants and make recommendations to the Steering Committee.

How long has the PCRC been in existence?

The PCRC was established in 2010, with foundational funding by a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) that started in January 2011 (NINR; UC4NR012584). In September 2013, NINR provided five years of continuation funding with a U24 grant (NINR; U24NR13004).

How many people and institutions are involved?

The PCRC has over 400 members from 145 institutions. For a current listing of our members and their institutions visit our Member Map.

Who leads the PCRC?

The Executive Committee coordinates the conduct of the PCRC in close collaboration with and approval by the Steering Committee. PCRC operations leadership information can be found here.

What is the PCRC’s organizational structure?

The original charter identifying executive leadership and committees is expanding due to the U24 continuation funding. The figure showcases the PCRC’s interrelated design of centers, cores, and committees.

PCRC-Structure_July2015

What types of research projects does the PCRC anticipate including in their portfolio?

The PCRC is a multi-­disciplinary group that includes nurses, physicians, social workers, statisticians, health economists, health policy scientists, and other health professionals.  Our diversity enables us to consider all types of research such as randomized controlled trials, industry trials, qualitative research, and retrospective and prospective chart reviews.

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