Category Archives: Announcements

Save the date: 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference for palliative care and hospice professionals

Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference for palliative care and hospice professionals will take place on October 26th, 2017 from 12-5pm EST.   Complimentary CME/CNE credits are possible.

Registration is free and the conference is recorded so individuals/teams can watch parts of the conference, and come back and watch the recording later.   

For more Information & Registration: http://www.gpcqa.org/qmc

NINR Director’s Lecture: 9/20/17

In September, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) will hold the third Director’s Lecture of 2017. Dr. Mary Beth Happ will present: “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Improving Communication with Critically Ill Patients” 

September 20, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10)
NIH Campus – Bethesda, MD

 In her presentation, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Improving Communication with Critically Ill Patients,” Dr. Happ will describe her program of research which addresses family bedside presence during critical illness, end-of-life care and treatment decision making in the ICU, and patient and family outcomes in acute-critical illness.

Click to register and add this event to your calendar: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/giving-voice-to-the-voiceless-improving-communication-with-critically-ill-patients-tickets-34893563588?aff=grantees

 About the Speaker:

Dr. Mary Beth Happ is a Nursing Distinguished Professor of Critical Care Research and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. She is an NIH-funded researcher in the areas of critical care and aging. For over 20 years, Dr. Happ’s research has focused on improving care and communication with impaired patients, and their families and clinicians during hospitalization and at the end of life. She developed the SPEACS-2 online training program and toolkit for use with ICU patients. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Happ has authored more than 120 journal articles, editorials, and book chapters.

About the Event:

This event is free and open to the public. This event will not be webcast, but it will be available on YouTube a few weeks following the lecture.

 To request reasonable accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please contact Nathan Brown at 301-594-9262 / [email protected] or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339 before September 13, 2017.

Changing policies impact NIH-funded studies involving human subjects

Message to NIH grant applicants/awardees, contractors, researchers and research administrators:

If you are conducting NIH-funded research that involves human subjects, or are considering applying to NIH for support of such research, we want to call your attention to important changes that may affect how you:

  • select the right NIH funding opportunity announcement
  • write the research strategy and human subjects sections of your application
  • comply with appropriate policies and regulations

First, familiarize yourself with the new PHS Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information form (for application due dates of January 25, 2018).  Learn about the new form here.

Second, review  the updated NIH definition of a clinical trialVisit the NIH webpage on the definition that includes case studies, FAQs and other resources that can help. Still unsure?  Contact your NIH program official or the scientific point of contact listed on the funding opportunity announcement to which you are applying.

Third, familiarize yourself with NIH policy changes related to enhancing stewardship of clinical trials.

Visit the new Clinical Trial Requirements for NIH Grantees and Contractors web page to bring together all the information you need to know.  Please review this information carefully.  Your attention to detail will be critical to ensuring successful funding of your clinical trial awards. 

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Webinar

National Cancer Institute: Healthcare Delivery Research Program

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Webinar:  

Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization

When: August 17, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Where: via WebEx (Register Here)

 Presenters: Dr. Erin Kent and Dr. Michelle Mollica

 

Summary: This webinar will provide an overview of the R01/R21 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Intervening with Cancer Caregivers to Improve Patient Health Outcomes and Optimize Health Care Utilization: Funding Opportunity (PAR-16-317/PAR-17-318).  This FOA invites applications for intervention research designed to support caregivers of adult cancer patients. Interventions are intended to provide caregivers with care training, promote coping skills, and ultimately help them manage care. Outcomes of such interventions are expected to (1) optimize patient health care utilization, (2) improve caregiver well-being, and (3) improve patient physical health and psychosocial outcomes.  The next receipt dates for all types of applications (new and resubmissions) are October 10, 2017; April 11, 2018; October 10, 2018; and April 11, 2019.  For more information about cancer caregiving research at NCI, please see our website.

The Science of Caregiving: Bringing Voices Together

The Science of Caregiving: Bringing Voices Together

August 7-8, 2017

Ruth Kirschstein Auditorium, Natcher Building (Building 45)
NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

Register now and add this event to your calendar.

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and partners will host a summit that will provide perspectives across the spectrum of caregiving, including the importance of caregiving across the lifespan as well as current and future directions for research to improve the health of patients and caregivers.

The keynote speaker is Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour. In addition, the Directors of Ceremonies for the event are Gail Hunt of the National Alliance for Caregiving on August 7th and Dr. Laura Gitlin of Center for Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing on August 8th. The event will bring together an audience of researchers, advocates, healthcare providers, educators, and others interested in the science of caregiving.

About the Event:

This event is free but space is limited and registration is required. To request reasonable accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please contact Nathan Brown at 301-594-9262 / [email protected] or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339 before July 24, 2017.  

For more information, including the agenda, visit www.ninr.nih.gov/caregivingsummit Please e-mail NINR’s Division of Science Policy and Public Liaison at [email protected] with any questions. 

New ICMJE Requirements

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) believes there is an ethical obligation to responsibly share data generated by interventional clinical trials because trial participants have put themselves at risk. As such, ICMJE has announced new requirements as conditions of consideration for publication of a clinical trial report in ICMJE member journals: http://annals.org/aim/article/2630766/data-sharing-statements-clinical-trials-requirement-international-committee-medical-journal

PCRC Data Repository Expansion Grant Awards

The PCRC is pleased to announce two sets of awards.

Congratulations to the award winners of the PCRC grants to support the secondary analysis of existing data in the PCRC Data Repository.  The award winners are:

  • Kathleen M. Akgün, MD, MS, Yale School of Medicine, “Polypharmacy, statin use and 6-month dyspnea trajectories among older adults with serious, life-limiting diseases”
  • Angela Ghesquiere, PhD, MSW, Hunter College, City University of New York, “Exploring Psychological Symptoms as Moderators of Treatment Outcomes in the REST Study”
  • Yael Schenker, MD, MAS, University of Pittsburgh Montefiore Hospital, “Associations between polypharmacy, symptom burden, and quality of life in patients with advanced, life-limiting illness”

The PCRC is thrilled to support these investigators and learn of the findings from their secondary data analyses!

The PCRC also is expanding the PCRC Data Repository to include data from completed end-of-life and palliative care (EOLPC) studies that may have been conducted outside of the PCRC and without PCRC support. In late April, the PCRC published a funding announcement to support the data repository expansion initiative, and we are excited to announce that the PCRC Data Repository will be expanded to include study data from 11 EOLPC research projects! Once incorporated into the PCRC Data Repository, these data will be available to investigators for secondary data analyses. Please see the table below with information about the studies.

Datasets to be included in PCRC Data Repository: Award Winners
Principle Investigator Institution Study Title 
Benzi Kluger, MD, MS University of Colorado Does Outpatient Palliative Care Improve Patient-Centered Outcomes in Parkinson’s Disease
Margaret L. Campbell PhD, RN, FPCN Wayne State University Is death rattle a phenomenon that requires medical treatment?
Margaret L. Campbell PhD, RN, FPCN Wayne State University Rater intensity psychometrics for the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale
Margaret L. Campbell PhD, RN, FPCN Wayne State University Intensity cutpoints substantiation of the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale
Matthew R Baldwin, MD, MS Columbia University Frailty and Outcomes in Critical Illness Survivors-I (FOCIS-I)
Katherine R. Courtright, MD, MS University of Pennsylvania Choice Sets for Advance Directives
Stacy Fischer, MD University of Colorado Apoyo con Carino: (Support Through Caring) Improving Palliative Care Outcomes for Latinos with Advanced Cancer
Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS University of Pittsburgh Consumer Engagement
Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS University of Pittsburgh Organizational and Provider Norms of Life-sustaining Treatment Decision Making
Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS University of Pittsburgh Surrogate’s Heightened Emotions and Life support Decisions (SHEALD)
David Bekelman, MD, MPH VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Collaborative Care to Alleviate Symptoms and Adjust to Illness in Heart Failure: Randomized Clinical Trial

The investigator and his/her analyst have been invited to attend a half-day workshop in Denver on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to learn best practices for reproducible research and how to prepare data for inclusion in the repository. The training will be led by the current and former PCRC Data Informatics and Statistics Core (DISC) Directors, Dr. Katie Colborn and Dr. Diane Fairclough, respectively.  This workshop will be recorded (using Zoom), which can then be made available to other investigators wishing to utilize this valuable resource.  Stay tuned!

We encourage you to consider including any study data you may have for which you think additional secondary data analysis could be conducted and support those who need access to these datasets for preliminary data and/or grant proposal preparation.  Thank you in advance for considering adding your work to and conducting secondary analyses using the PCRC’s growing data repository!

For information about how to request data from the PCRC Data Repository, please complete this form on our website: http://palliativecareresearch.org/corescenters/disc/data-request-form/.  If you are considering adding study data to the PCRC Data Repository and would like more information, please contact Alexandra Tillman, PCRC Data Manager at [email protected]