Primary Palliative Care Research Group

A multi-disciplinary team of clinical academics, social science researchers, patient-public involvment (PPI) representatives and collaborators with primary care, hospital, hospice, and care home experience; based at the University of Edinburgh with strong international links.

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Latest news

Advance care planning for emergencies in care homes - meaningful conversations matter - Age & Ageing 2021

Core outcome measures for palliative and end-of-life research after severe stroke- Stroke 2021

Community end-of-life care during the COVID-19 pandemic: primary care survey - BJGP Open 2021

Unscheduled and out-of-hours care in the last year of life in Scotland - BMJ Open 

4-ACP project - implementation of ACP in Scottish primary care (Marie Curie)

Healthcare Improvement Scotland ACP Toolkit 2021 recommends SPICT and RED-MAP

REF 2021 case study: SPICT international programme and PPCRG research

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The SPICT helps identify people at risk of deteriorating health due to one or multiple advanced conditions for holistic, palliative care needs assessment and care planning. The RED-MAP communication framework developed by Dr Kirsty Boyd guides meaningful conversations about planning future care.

The SPICT has a growing number of translations and an expanding international community. Please contact us.

The Primary Palliative Care Toolkit supports the development of palliative care in primary health care across Europe and in other countries. Download the Toolkit and watch the short introductory video.

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

PPCRG Video Screenshot

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

Our visionary teaching/research-based care home project led by Dr Jo Hockley has been developing since 2019 and played a key role in establishing the Edinburgh Advanced Care Research Centre.