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Palliative Care Research

Cancer ResearchTIME4PallCare: Determining timely engagement with palliative care for patients with advanced cancer

Specialist palliative care services aim to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with advanced diseases. Early access to these services can have benefits such as the improvement of symptoms and can give patients the chance to choose to die at home. However, in Leeds only 70% of cancer patients receive any palliative care, and those who do gain access receive it only six weeks before their death. This study aims analyse the records of over 6,000 patients in order to establish the impact this pattern of referral has on quality of end of life care for cancer patients and identify the best time for a patient to be referred to these services.


  • Principle investigator: Dr Lucy Zeigler
  • University of Leeds
  • Award amount: £90,752
  • July 2015 – December 2016



Cancer ResearchUnderstanding and reducing inequalities for people with cancer: A programme of work based in Yorkshire

This research seeks to examine social inequalities in healthcare for people in Yorkshire by:
i) Understanding lung and head and neck cancer patients’ experiences from initially noticing a problem to being diagnosed;
ii) Investigating public understanding and views of cancer risks and symptoms;
iii) Examining the link between poverty, palliative care and place of death and examining referrals to and deaths in hospices;
iv) Adapting and testing a tool to assess the palliative care needs of people with cancer in the community;
v) Developing an intervention to prevent avoidable hospital re-admissions for patients with advanced cancer.


  • Principle investigator: Una Macleod
  • Hull York Medical School
  • Award amount: £749,828
  • October 2012 – September 2017



Cancer ResearchReducing inequalities in care for people with cancer and palliative care needs

When coping with terminal cancer, many people do not get access to the palliative care and support they need. This leads to an increase in hospital admissions and means some patients are not able to fulfil their wishes to remain at home. Professor Miriam Johnson and her team are helping to train GPs to identify and meet the palliative care requirements of cancer patients. This will reduce anxiety for these patients and their families and help to improve their quality of life.


  • Principle investigator: Professor Miriam Johnson
  • University of Hull
  • Award amount: £301,909
  • January 2016 – December 2020



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