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Current Research External Collaborations

R01CA168387

Principal Investigators

Paul Duberstein, Ph.D., Holly Prigerson, Ph.D.

This study seeks to determine the effects of an end of life communication intervention on the mental and physical health of family and friend caregivers after the patients have died. 

Sponsored by

National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute

R01CA164021

Principal Investigators

Nancy Keating, M.D., Holly Prigerson, Ph.D. (Site Principal Investigator)

This study seeks to examine the intensity of end of life care and expenditures among nearly 4000 patients with advanced lung or colorectal cancer using CanCORS data supplemented with medical record data and physician survey data linked with administrative data from Medicare, private health plans, Medicaid, and the VA. Hierarchical models will assess the patient, physician, hospital, and area factors influencing intensity of EOL care. 

Sponsored by

National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute

R21MH095378

Principal Investigators

Wendy Lichtenthal, Ph.D., Holly Prigerson, Ph.D.

This study seeks to examine the clinical implications of the addition of PGD to the diagnostic nomenclature. 

Sponsored by

National Institute of Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Prognostic Awareness and Patient-Physician Communication in Malignant Glioma

Principal Investigators

Eli Diamond, M.D., Holly Prigerson, Ph.D. (Mentor)

This study seeks to evaluate patient-physician communication of prognostic information in patients with malignant glioma and their caregivers by measuring the patients’ and caregivers’ prognostic awareness, preferences for prognostic information, and satisfaction with communication of prognostic information. This study will also examine the relationship between prognostic awareness and psychological/neurocognitive functioning and overall quality of life in patients with malignant glioma.   

Sponsored by

MSKCC Department of Medicine Translational and Integrative Medicine Award

Coping with Glioblastoma: A Study of Communication for Patients, Physicians, and Caregivers

Principal Investigators

Eli Diamond, M.D., Holly Prigerson, Ph.D. (Mentor)

This longitudinal study of patients with glioblastoma (GBM) with recurrent or multi-recurrent disease seeks to evaluate the content of the discussion in which this change in disease status was communicated by the provider to the patient and caregiver. This study assesses relevant beliefs and preferences about patient-physician communication, prognosis, and cancer treatment in participating patients and caregivers. 

Sponsored by

MSKCC Department of Medicine Translational and Integrative Medicine Award

Contact Information

Center for Research on End-of-Life Care Weill Cornell Medical College 525 E 68th St, Box 39, 1414 Baker Pavilion New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-4409