The mission of the PCRC is to support the conduct of high quality, effective palliative care clinical research by:

  • Supporting investigators at all levels of experience in the conduct of clinical studies
  • Conducting nationally representative, multi-institutional studies that include diverse populations;
  • Leveraging common data elements and a de-identified palliative care study data repository that amplifies the impact of any single study;
  • Providing methodologic resources, participant access/recruitment, and the expertise of PCRC investigators from multiple disciplines.

To achieve this mission, the PCRC’s three-pronged strategy focuses on:
(1) developing palliative care research capacity;
(2) supporting the conduct, analysis, and dissemination of high-quality research in palliative care; and,
(3) training and mentoring next / future investigators committed to advancing palliative care research.

Excellent palliative care relies on best evidence and a scientific underpinning. The PCRC exists to lead, catalyze, and empower a community of investigators who are developing an evidence base to ensure high quality care and optimal well-being for persons with serious illness and their caregivers.

The PCRC core values include:

  • Community – connecting and strengthening investigators from multiple disciplines and perspectives
  • Excellence – ensuring scientific rigor
  • Impact – research that makes a difference for persons with serious illness and their caregivers
  • Longevity – creating an enduring and agile research infrastructure
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