The mission of the Center is to optimize care and systems of care for patients and families faced with advanced non-curable diseases by generating new knowledge through interdisciplinary research and using that knowledge to educate health and human services professionals, and influence public policy supporting quality end of life care. The Center facilitates interdisciplinary research, provides pilot funding for junior faculty and doctoral students, provides graduate assistantships, and offers national conferences designed to disseminate new knowledge about providing care for patients and families. The center includes collaboration among faculty members at the Colleges of Nursing (5), Medicine (7), Arts and Sciences (16), and Public Health (2) as well at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. A strength of the Center is its inclusion of service providers who are equal partners in planning and implementing research. Principal areas of research include palliative care, hospice care, pain and symptom management, and quality of life of both patients and family caregivers.
Center for Hospice, Palliative Care & End-of-Life Studies at USF
Susan McMillan, PhD, RN, FAAN