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Palliative care research is essential for evidence-based models of care that improve terminal illness outcomes.1 Investment in hospice research is essential for the projected increases in palliative needs.2 Hospices are crucial to practice and policy development, but there are many hospice research barriers.3 Well-documented problems include lack of research funding, governance challenges, methodological issues and absence of research culture.1 4 Hospices require strategic infrastructure and processes to progress from ‘research aware’ to full participation and research leadership.3 Over 2 years, Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool developed a series of quality improvement initiatives to establish a UK hospice research culture and improve research opportunities.
First, a governance process was established to facilitate the appropriate sponsorship and indemnity arrangements. This involved partnership with a …
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