Research

Palliative Care

As a Foundation we are committed to raising the funds necessary to support research projects that increase knowledge and find solutions that will improve the quality of life for patients where cure is no longer possible.

The Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS) has an active research program aimed at developing better ways to deliver our quality care.  The Research Unit is involved in both clinical and social research in the area of palliative care.

To continue the difference that the Research Team make, we need your support. If you or someone close to you has a life limiting illness, then you know how important palliative research is for people both now, and in the future.

VIDEO – Professor David Currow of Flinders University talks about the role and value of research in palliative care.  Prof. Currow has undertaken research in conjunction with Southern Adelaide Palliative Services.

What is research?

Research is an organised way of finding answers to questions. It follows certain procedures in order to get the most accurate results. It allows us to build evidence to target treatments to the people who will most benefit and improve the care that we provide.

Why is research needed?

To find better ways of providing care options and services to patients, caregivers and providers and to obtain information about the best possible treatments that are based on the most up-to-date evidence available.

What current studies are being conducted? 

Breakthrough Pain – This study examines the best dose of opioid needed to treat breakthrough pain and Tetrodotoxin study examines the role of this medication to manage cancer pain.

Breathlessness – Morphine/Oxycodone study to compare the effect of these two medications to relieve the symptoms of breathlessness;  Sertraline study examines the effect of giving Sertraline to relieve the symptom of breathlessness; Mesothelioma and Interstitial Lung Disease studies.

Nausea – This study examines the best treatment for uncontrolled nausea.

Bowel Obstruction – This study examines best management methods for bowel obstruction.

Acute Confusion – This study compares two widely used medications in the management of acute confusion.

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