The emergency care of patients with advanced cancer – building an intervention to improve outcomes

Research Opportunity
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
St Vincent's Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Jennifer Philip Personal web page

Project Details

Patients with advanced cancer frequently present to emergency departments (ED) as a result of poor symptom control, treatment complications and to access the systems of care. ED presentations are associated with high levels of distress for patients and families. ED and cancer providers are seeking novel ways to reduce the need for these patients to access ED.

This project seeks to build an approach that enables targeted palliative care intervention to those patients with advanced cancer at high risk of ED presentation. The novel approach would be developed and tested in ‘real time’ on a cohort of patients being treated for advanced cancer across a number of hospital sites to ensure its feasibility in practice.

Such an approach is anticipated to improve the quality, appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of healthcare, through introduction of a tailored response based upon risk of ED re-presentation.

This project is suitable for a PhD student.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Integrated Critical Medicine

Research Opportunities

Graduate Research Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other Graduate Research requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

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Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

St Vincent's Hospital

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