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Improving Decision-Making about Feeding Options in Dementia
A Decision Aid about Goals of Care for Patients with Dementia
PEACE Hospice and Palliative Care Quality Measures

UNC investigators lead numerous observational studies, quality improvement projects and clinical trials for people with serious illness and their families.  We are a founding member organization and host the Measurement Core for the Palliative Care Research Cooperative group – a nationwide interdisciplinary research network funded by NIH-NINR to advance palliative care science and improve care for people with serious illness.

Research and quality improvement projects are facilitated by collaboration and support across the UNC Health Affairs campus, including the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC Center for Aging and Health, and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Selected recent scientific publications by UNC Palliative Care Program faculty

Palliative care for seriously ill older adults, including those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

Palliative and supportive care for persons living with cystic fibrosis

Innovative models for palliative care in cancer

Measurement science in hospice and palliative care:  

Communication and decision-making

Impact of cancer on parenting 

Other palliative care research


UNC Palliative Care providers are also involved in a number of quality improvement and educational projects, including:

  • System-wide ACP Task Force
    • UNCHS ACP Organizational goal to increase ACP
    • Respecting Choices SDMSI training
    • Tailored core ACP training for diverse audiences
    • CAPC on-line modules
    • QI coaching
    • Epic optimization
  • Triggered consults for advanced congestive heart failure / LVAD and late-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Enhanced PC and ACP in the SICU
  • Early Oncology Palliative Care for persons with advanced cancer
  • Dignity therapy program