Palliative Care Research Improves Quality of Life

Research!America and the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group

The Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) conducts high-impact palliative care research to help improve quality of life for patients with life-threatening conditions.

One example of the PCRC’s research is a recent randomized controlled trial which found that discontinuing statins among patients in the last three months of life did not significantly change survival rates. In fact, patients whose statins were discontinued reported higher quality of life and lower costs than those who continued taking the drugs. This study directly impacted care by guiding clinicians on how to develop statin regimens for patients near the end of life.

"Most of the studies focus on when to start a medication; there's been very little focus on when do you stop it,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Jean Kutner, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado's Anschutz School of Medicine, in an interview with NPR.

PCRC was founded in 2010 through a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Today, the PCRC consists of 332 researchers from 134 institutions worldwide and includes experts in the fields of nursing, biostatistics, social work and psychology. Click here to learn more about the organization’s work. 

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Pam Hirata, heart disease survivor