Palliative Care

The research domain of members of the Division is related to the alleviation of suffering of people affected by cancer. This research encompasses basic sciences, clinical research, population-based research, health services delivery research, as well as psychosocial research themes.

The major disciplinary areas represented in the research done by members of the Division of Palliative Care Medicine include:

  • Mechanisms, etiology and treatment of common symptoms (especially pain, fatigue, anorexia, cachexia).
  • Organization and financing of care (e.g. describing the impact of location of care and the impact of public versus private financing of care on quality, effectiveness and costs of delivery from a societal perspective and also from the personal/caregiver perspective).
  • Assessment and classification studies addressing the clinical characterization of multiple dimensions of pain and symptoms.