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Together we can: experiences from 7 years of cross-sectional studies in a Swedish palliative care clinical research network
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, Oncology.
2010 (English)In: Palliative Medicine: A Multiprofessional Journal, ISSN 0269-2163, E-ISSN 1477-030X, Vol. 24, no 3, 261-266 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During recent years, research networks and collaboratives focusing on palliative care research have been established both nationally and internationally resulting in several ongoing projects. In 2002, a clinician-based research network, the Palliative Care Research Network in Sweden (PANIS), was established to stimulate research and development of palliative care in Sweden. The growing network, which today includes 60 specialized palliative care units, has used a web-based survey generator to collect data on symptom prevalence, treatment traditions and important issues in palliative care. Eleven different studies involving almost 11,000 patients have been performed within the network including studies on prevalence of antitumoral treatment, the use of opioids, corticosteroids, blood transfusions, parenteral nutrition and prevalence of palliative sedation therapy in specialized palliative care. The working method of the research network is described, and demographic data from 9,298 patients in six cross-sectional studies are presented. Using a relatively simple research methodology, the network has succeeded in addressing key clinical questions and in this article we share experiences and challenges met during the journey.

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2010. Vol. 24, no 3, 261-266 p.
Keyword [en]
cancer, palliative care, research methodology, research network
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137012DOI: 10.1177/0269216309358137ISI: 000276382100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137012DiVA: diva2:377711
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-14 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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