Understanding palliative care as an effective intervention

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research
Medicine and Radiology
St Vincent's Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Jennifer Philip jphilip@unimelb.edu.au 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. This has translated to improved symptom relief, mood, satisfaction with information, different use of intensive treatments at the end of life and improved bereavement outcomes for family members of people who receive palliative care.  Yet it is unclear what is in the ‘box’ of palliative care that is effective and how this differs from care delivered by other providers.

Our group is involved in a series of multisite phase 2 clinical research trials testing the impact of introducing palliative care at key transitions in the illness course for people with a series of cancers including: lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and high grade glioma. The consultations from these clinical trials where palliative care is the intervention are available for exploration and examination.  This study will use these as a basis for future interrogation of what constitutes the effective core components and ‘dose’ of palliative care for patients with cancer.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research
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 Group / Unit / Centre

Palliative Medicine Research Group

Research Node

St Vincent's Hospital

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