Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care

The Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is committed to promoting access to evidence-based, specialist-level palliative care — whenever and wherever it is needed — through innovation, scientific inquiry, quality improvement and professional education.

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Research and Analytics

Focused on the effort to acquire evidence that informs treatment and the need to assess the benefits and burdens of new systems of care, the Research and Analytics team oversees data acquisition and management and the conduct of independent research. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Defining the role of telehealth in palliative care
  • Improving access to care
  • Determining ways to improve clinical outcomes
  • Reducing costs

Education and Training

Devoted to growing the workforce needed for patient care, the Education and Training team manages training programs for physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and others. Areas of focus include:

  • Fellowships and internships for specialist programs
  • Internet-based programs for non-specialists

Quality and Performance Improvement

The Quality and Performance Improvement team is committed to the development of measures and strategies that may be broadly applied to new programs in community-based palliative care. The team implements quality activities — including tracking and trending of quality metrics for hospice and palliative care — and rapid cycle quality performance improvement programming.