Research programme will help improve care
by Dr Sabine Best Head of Research
Through this programme, Marie CuriResearchers and clinicians from all over the UK have last week submitted applications for funding through the annual Marie Curie Research Programme.e makes £1 million available every year to fund high-quality research with the potential to improve care for people with terminal illnesses. This year, researchers have submitted applications for funding for research on three themes: 1. pain control in palliative care for patients at home 2. symptom control at the end of life 3. addressing the needs of potentially excluded groups at the end of life We were very pleased to receive applications in all three themes of the call, as all go to the heart of what Marie Curie is about as an organisation. We aim to provide the best care for people at the end of their lives, and our research supports that ambition. Research will provide us with reliable evidence to continue to improve end of life care. In previous years we have funded research on topics as diverse as end of life care for patients with stroke; end of life care for prisoners; the use of ketamine for neuropathic pain in cancer patients; carers’ experiences of caring for someone dying at home; and place of care and death in patients with haematological malignancies. We are looking forward to announcing details of the successful applications later on this year.