Background In 2015, Marie Curie, with many funding and stakeholder partners, reported on the results of the Palliative and end of life care Priority Setting Partnership (PeolcPSP) with the James Lind Alliance. This aimed to identify the top unanswered research questions of patients, carers and health and social care professionals. Since then, efforts have been made to fund research to produce evidence addressing the priorities; yet no large scale analysis of how the grant landscape has changed since then has been carried out.
Aims To map awarded grants since 2015 to the Top 11 research priorities identified in the PeolcPSP. To summarise what progress has been made since the publication of these priorities.
Methods Keyword searches pertaining to the Top 11 priorities were carried out to identify relevant grants. Core datasets included the Health Research Classification System 2018 dataset, and those of individual funders. Eligible grants were mapped against the Top 11 priorities. Mapped links were either direct (i.e., primary aim of the grant addressing the priority), or indirect.
Results All 11 priorities received some direct funding since 2015. Priority 3 (benefits of Advance Care Planning) received the most, whereas Priorities 10 (treating pain in those with communication difficulties) and 11 (living alone) received the least. We will present insights showing the number and size of projects and which funders are active in the area.
Conclusions Progress has been made towards addressing some of the top 11 PeolcPSP priorities, yet more needs to be done to address those that remain underfunded. In other areas, funding now needs to translate into changes to practice This report can be used to inform future funding calls, to make applications for funding more targeted, and to foster collaborations between those active within a priority area.
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