Palliative Care

After-hours Communication Support for Hospice Family Caregivers and Patients
Mary Beth Happ is a co-investigator for this project, funded by NINR, to examine the value of video-telecommunication to family caregivers providing hospice care.

Advanced Illness Coordinated Care: A Proposal for a Community Collaboration
Robert Arnold received funding for the Community Collaborative Project, which is a demonstration project utilizing the Advanced Illness Coordinated Care (AICC) Program, a six-visit program focusing on the unique psychosocial and specialized care coordination issues faced by individuals with an advanced illness. Implementation is through a partnership with Heritage Valley Health System, Highmark and the Center for Advanced Illness Coordinated Care. 

Palliative Care in Hospitalized Cancer Patients
Mary Beth Happ and Bob Arnold received funding from NCI as part of a national multi-site study to study the structure, processes, and outcomes of care among hospitalized patients with advanced cancer who receive Palliative Care Consultation Team services as compared to similar patients receiving usual hospital care.

PDIA/Kornfeld Grant
The Project on Death in America and the Kornfeld Foundation funded Robert Arnold’s project to develop a curriculum and training program for fellows in palliative medicine, to prepare them for a career in academic medicine.

Understanding and Addressing the Provider Role
Bob Arnold received funding from the Veterans’ Administration to study providers’ decisionmaking regarding the prescription of opiates by internists, surgeons, and emergency room doctors for patients with non-malignant pain.

UPMC Palliative Care Program
Bob Arnold received funding from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society of Western Pennsylvania for the Palliative Care Program which he directs.