Marie Curie is calling on health and social care professionals to take part in a critical survey to help researchers understand what topics of palliative and end of life care research are most important to people living with a serious life-limiting illness.
Following a similar project in 2015 – the charity is working with the James Lind Alliance (JLA) to refresh the top 10 priorities for palliative care and establish key areas for the academic research Marie Curie will fund in the future.
The survey runs until December 31st 2023 and the results will ensure the charity puts the people who are most affected by these issues at the heart of its research.
The partnership needs to hear from people living with a serious life-limiting illness, their family and friends, people who have been bereaved and the health and social care professionals involved in their care.
Speaking about the project, Dr Sabine Best, Marie Curie Associate Director of Research Management & Impact said: “At Marie Curie, we know that everyone is affected by death, dying and bereavement but sadly palliative and end of life care research is an extremely underfunded area. As the UK’s largest charitable funder of this research area, we want to focus on the topics which are most important to people who are directly impacted, which is why it’s crucial for us to hear from them.”
“This new survey will help us understand the specific needs of people living with a serious life-limiting illness, their carers and the health and social care professionals who support them.”
Sabine added: “Finding out how best to support people outside of typical office hours was the top priority in our previous priority setting partnership. We are pleased to say that since 2015, ‘out-of-hours’ care has received more than £1.5 million of new funding, of which more than two thirds was from Marie Curie and co-funding partners. However, more research is still needed to fully address the question.”
Palliative and end of life care research receives only 0.21% of the £2.56 billion spent on non-commercial health-related research projects and programmes in the UK1. Marie Curie believes there is an immediate need for more research to ensure the health and social care sector is ready to meet future demand.
By 2048, there will be more than 730,000 people with palliative care needs in the UK, with the nation’s ageing population being one factor driving this increase2.
Caroline Whiting, Senior Research Manager from the JLA explained how the new project – the Palliative and end of life care Priority Setting Partnership Refresh (PeolcPSPR) – can help:
“The James Lind Alliance brings patients, carers and clinicians together in Priority Setting Partnerships. Our partnerships identify and prioritise unanswered questions or uncertainties that these people agree are the most important, so that health research funders are aware of the issues that matter most to the people who need to use the research in their everyday lives. As we join Marie Curie for this critical project, we put the people most in need at the forefront of our work.”