The health economics of caring for people with advanced cancer

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

Project Details

Early engagement with palliative care services has been shown to improve the outcomes of people with advanced cancer and their families. These benefits are available to patients who report fewer symptoms, improved mood, improved quality of life and satisfaction with care, and also to family members who report improved quality of life and bereavement outcomes. Benefits are also available to health systems with less intensification of treatment at the end of life, fewer emergency department and hospital visits and greater likelihood of death at home.

These benefits translate to reduced health care system costs.  However the true cost of providing care for patients at the end of life has not been fully explicated within these data.  The costs incurred by patients themselves, by their family members and communities must be considered in addition to traditional hospital based costs.

This project will begin to examine the full costs of providing care for palliative care patients, using and building upon existing data accrued from a series of clinical trials.

This project is suitable for a PhD student.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Integrated Critical Care in Medicine

Research Opportunities

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

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

St Vincent's Hospital

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