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Palliative Care Project consensus conference addresses research gaps

March 4, 2013

Karl Pillemer

The BCTR's Translational Research Priorities in Palliative Care Project, led by Karl Pillemer, held a consensus conference on February 15th that brought together researchers from the College of Human Ecology, the BCTR, and Weill Cornell Medical College with local palliative and hospice care professionals. The event, held at Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) in Ithaca, created a discussion between researchers and care providers to recommend areas of the field in need of further research. A Cornell Chronicle article on the event quotes Karl Pillemer:

Our belief is that if you want to bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners, you have to create these micro-environments where the two sides can come together," said workshop organizer Karl Pillemer, the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development. "Simply receiving our written recommendations or listening to a formal presentation is not nearly as powerful as sitting down together to hash out the big questions regarding palliative care.

Jennifer Tiffany in a small group discussion

The recommendations from this event and a similar consensus conference held in New York City will be combined and included in a journal article. The meeting was co-sponsored by the CMC Palliative Care Program and Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County. BCTR attendees included John Eckenrode, Karl Pillemer, Jennifer Tiffany, Debbie Sellers, Elaine Wethington, and Emily Chen.

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