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Development of a hospice research culture through staff development, education and collaboration
  1. Sarah Stanley1,
  2. Alexandra McDougall2,
  3. Laura Chapman1 and
  4. Amara Callistus Nwosu1,3
  1. 1 Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2 Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3 Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amara Callistus Nwosu, Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool, Liverpool L3 9TA, UK; anwosu{at}

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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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