The Center for Research on End of Life Care was established in 2014 to improve the quality of life and care provided to patients and families confronting life-threatening illness and death. The Center motto “Putting Research into Action” guides its mission to generate knowledge, techniques, and tools to improve medical care of seriously ill patients and the people who love them.
The Center has had remarkable success in its first two years of existence. It obtained over $12 million dollars in NIH Funding for grants ranging from a seven-year Outstanding Investigator award, to large multi-site prospective studies, exploratory and small grants, and scientist development awards from our core faculty members. To date five medical students have been awarded grants to receive research training on projects as varied as studies of the severity of suffering and challenges to effective symptom management in the Intensive Care Unit, to studies of ways to improve physician communication about patient prognosis and test results, and research to enhance the quality of life and adjustment of family caregivers and bereaved survivors.
This transdisciplinary Center builds on the energy creativity, and synergy of diverse faculty and students in NYC, Westchester and Ithaca. It has grown exponentially to include clinical researchers from oncology, geriatrics, palliative and critical care medicine, psychiatry, neuroscience, nursing, theology, ethics, health policy, statistics, sociology, and psychology.
The Center seeks to train and mentor next-generation researchers, educators, and clinicians in EoL medical communication, decision-making, and care. Our aim is to integrate our research findings and evidence in the field of EoL medical communication, decision-making, and care into healthcare policy and practice.
The Center welcomes researchers, clinicians, professionals, and students to provide their input on topics and ideas regarding end-of-life care. We are also interested in hearing the thoughts and concerns of patients facing serious illness and their caregivers. If you would like to learn more about our research or are interested in collaborating with the Center, please send us an email at EOLresearch@med.cornell.edu.