Problems of conducting research in palliative care

Nick Bosanquet and Chris Salisbury

in Providing a palliative care service: towards an evidence base

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780192629913
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730153 | DOI:
Problems of conducting research in palliative care

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This chapter discusses the problems and challenges of conducting research in palliative care. Palliative care is the active care of the patient when curative treatment is no longer responsive. It aims to attend to the ‘whole patient’ including his or her physical, mental psychosocial, and spiritual needs. Palliative care not only addresses the needs of a dying patient but it also extends to the families and friends of the patient. This mechanism and structure of palliative care posits a great challenge as the scope of palliative care is wide and complex. Moreover, in practice, scientific evidence is difficult to find in the field of palliative care. Dying is a complex and an ever-changing process, a course that makes the design and implementation of research prone to certain pitfalls and challenges. Palliative care, particularly in those dying, is specifically a sensitive area to probe and is particularly founded on, and guarded by, ethical considerations.

Keywords: problems; conducting research; scope; research; palliative care

Chapter.  2277 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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