Support for carers, access to care for LGBT groups and palliative care day services – some of the research funded by Marie Curie this year

by Sabine Best
Head of Research


Sabine Best, Head of Research



Each year Marie Curie invests £1m into research with the potential to improve end of life care for those with cancer and other terminal illness.


This year we are excited to announce funding for five new research projects investigating how care for terminally ill people and their families could be improved.

The projects to be funded will:

  • study the cost and effect on quality of life of palliative day care services at three centres which provide social and nursing care, as well as rehabilitation. The researchers aim to find out whether they represent value for money.
    (the three-year project led by Professor George Kernohan, University of Ulster, receives £284,000)

  • study the experiences of carers and professionals to understand how more patients could be discharged from hospital for palliative care at home. The researchers hope to use their findings to improve carer support, preparation and involvement in decision making when patients go home.
    (the 15 month project led by Dr Gunn Grande, University of Manchester, receives £90,000)

  • provide evidence-based mass media resources to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community to improve communications about end of life care for patients with advanced cancer.
    (the two year project led by Dr Richard Harding, King’s College London, receives £110,059.63)

  • create a ‘tool’ (an aide-memoire or checklist) to help clinicians understand the needs of people with interstitial lung disease, which can cause severe breathlessness.
    (the two-year project led by Professor Miriam Johnson, University of Hull, receives £119,000)

  • run a randomised controlled trial of using an ultrasound scan to check the success of a procedure to eliminate pleural effusion – a cancerous condition where fluid occupies the space between the lungs and the ribcage. The research will enable doctors to find out whether the procedure has worked or other treatment is necessary.
    (the four year project led by Dr Najib Rahman, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, receives £376,000)


Visit our website to hear the researchers explain their research and the impact it could have for patients and their families.