Primary Palliative Care Research Group

A multi-disciplinary team of clinical academics and researchers with primary care, hospital, hospice, and social science background; based at the University of Edinburgh with strong international links.

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The SPICT is used to help identify people at risk of deteriorating health due to one or multiple advanced conditions for holistic, palliative care needs assessment and care planning. Developed by Dr Kirsty Boyd with translations on every continent and an expanding international community.

Primary palliative care has great potential to help deliver universal health care.  We aim to address the key challenges of providing care for people with any progressive illnesses, at all times, for all dimensions of need, in all settings and in all nations. 

A visionary project commited to the development of a teaching/research-based care home centre for excellence and community engagement. This project is led by Dr Jo Hockley and is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

PPCRG Video Screenshot

There are a number of resources to assist with the development of palliative care research, teaching and delivery in the community. The video on trajectories presents a rationale for early palliative care based on the contrasting multidimensional trajectories of well-being that people have in their last years of life.