The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies at USF is an innovative research and education center in that we are an equal partnership between an academic medical center/research one university and community provider agencies. Our approach to research is collaborative-in many cases university researchers approach community agencies as sites to do research and have access to patient populations; in our work at the Center we conceptualize, conduct and disseminate research findings as partners.
The Center began informally in 1996, and was formally recognized by USF in 2000. The Center partnership includes founding sponsors USF Health, Suncoast Hospice, and HPC Healthcare, Inc., and sponsor partners the Moffitt Cancer Center, Hope Healthcare Services and Tidewell. By Facilitating collaboration among experts in end-of-life care who represents multiple disciplines, The Center is able to generate cutting edge research that addresses issues in hospice, palliative care, and end-of-life studies from a comprehensive perspective.
The mission of the Center is to optimize care and systems of care for patients and families faced with non-curable diseases by generating new knowledge through interdisciplinary research, use that knowledge to educate health and human service professionals, and influence public policy supporting quality end of life care.