Date: 13 October 2018
Today is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day – a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.
There are a number of studies running in the South West looking to improve the lives of people who are being cared for in hospices or who have an illness that can't be cured, and are receiving palliative care to make them as comfortable as possible, by managing their pain and other distressing symptoms. Palliative care also involves psychological, social and spiritual support for patients and their family or carers.
St Margaret’s Hospice Care, which runs two hospices in Somerset in Yeovil and Taunton, is a research-active hospice in the region.
Hospice Consultant Kate Shorthose said: “As clinicians and carers, knowing that you are able to deliver the best possible care at a time of life that is precious is incredibly important and it is reassuring to know that the care we deliver is based on robust evidence gathered through good quality research.
“For patients and family members, it is very reassuring to know that as a community of healthcare professionals we are striving to constantly improve the care we deliver, but also look at our practice openly and be able to continually learn.”
Many hospitals in the South West also support palliative care research with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust all currently offering patients the chance to take part in Macmillan’s HORIZONS programme – a large study of people across the UK who have had a diagnosis of cancer.
The study team are interested in how a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment affects a person's life over time. The aim is to understand what is important to people with cancer during their treatment and in the months and years afterwards which will help to inform support services in the future.
To find out what research is going on in your area visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway https://www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk/
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