We are researching how new models of high-quality palliative care can become widely adopted wherever it’s best for the patient and their families.
Palliative care provides those with a serious or chronic illness – from the time of diagnosis throughout the course of treatment – care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and managing suffering. It is delivered by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and other practitioners to address the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
With many seniors facing challenges associated with serious chronic illnesses, new models of palliative care have great potential to help those seniors maintain independence and improve their quality of life while preserving dignity. Current research is demonstrating that palliative care reduces emergency room visits and hospital readmissions, and increases quality of life for patients and their families.
What We're Doing
We are researching how high-quality palliative care can become widely adopted wherever it’s best for the patient and their families. In collaboration with the California State University Institute for Palliative Care, the Institute is cohosting an inaugural national conference for academic faculty interested in advancing palliative education and research with the goal of improving care and quality of life for the country’s most chronically ill patients.
The California State University Institute for Palliative Care
The CSU Institute for Palliative Care is dedicated to increasing access to and awareness of palliative care by educating current and future professionals as well as community members. It offers palliative care-focused professional development and continuing education courses that are enhancing the skills of current and future healthcare professionals across the country and around the world. With its Symposium, it is also fostering the expansion of palliative care research that can enhance care and engage future professionals. Housed within one of the largest university systems in the United States, the Institute helps organizations, professionals and communities achieve the palliative care workforce needed to meet the growing needs of chronically or seriously ill people in all care settings.See The California State University Institute for Palliative Care