A University of Hull expert in palliative care has been appointed to co-lead a major £1.3 million research programme funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Professor Fliss Murtagh Associate Director of the University of Hull’s recently established Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Hull York Medical School, will lead a multi-centre team together with Professor Michael Bennett of the University of Leeds.
The four-year programme of research aims to improve the quality of palliative care experienced by Yorkshire patients living with advanced cancer, and to support their families.
It will investigate how and when patients access palliative care with a view to improving how symptoms are assessed and monitored, as well as equipping clinical teams with the necessary resources and training.
The team will work in partnership with local hospices and clinical commissioning groups to develop the programme.
Nearly 14,000 people die from cancer every year in Yorkshire. In the weeks and months before they die, cancer patients often experience breathlessness, fatigue and high levels of pain, alongside other concerns such as money worries and the need for family support.