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Nurses help develop association to establish palliative care standards

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican in Henderson, Nev., in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been awarded $14,885 from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute in Washington, D.C., for its project, Engaging Terminally Ill Patients with Palliative Care.
The initiative is one of 47 new projects to receive community-building funds through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program, according to a news release. It is one of the first two projects to receive PCORI funding support in Nevada. The project’s goal is to develop a state association to provide education on palliative care and its services, in addition to community education about healthcare planning.
“Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is excited to be a part of this innovative, collaborative approach to public health,” Veneta Lepera, BSN, RN, CHPN, supervisor of palliative care services for the hospital, said in a news release. “This new project will be very beneficial for those that want to better the quality of life of all Nevadans with a chronic illness, and we’re excited to be a part of this project.”
The project’s beginning stages will involve developing a network of medical professionals from southern Nevada who are dedicated to increasing the availability of palliative care in the area. The perspectives of patients and caregivers are being sought to ensure further palliative care programs include a patient-centered approach.
Participants in the project include Lepera; Maggie Ozan-Rafferty, RN, DHA, CEO for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican; Jay Shen, PhD, professor of healthcare administration and policy at UNLV; Abbie Kirkendall, PhD, assistant professor of social work at UNLV; Pearl Kim, graduate student at UNLV; and Diana Lee, MD, hospitalist and hospice/palliative care practitioner at the Platinum Medical Group.
Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop the means to create community-led funding proposals focused on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research, according to the release. Established by the nonprofit PCORI, the program funds three tiers of awards that help individuals or groups build community partnerships, develop research capacity and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that could become the basis of a research funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.
PCORI is an independent organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

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