Adult PC Research

PCM's rich program of research reflects its historic emphasis on a holistic approach to care (psychosocial, spiritual, and physical), and of care for the patient and their family.

PCM quality of life research is known for:

· the development of instruments to assess patient (MQOL instruments) and family caregiver (QOLLTI-F) quality of life (Cohen), both used worldwide, and studying their integration into care;

· a focus on psychological and existential wellbeing (Henry; Cohen)

· developing ways to support the health and well-being of family caregivers, while providing care and in bereavement (Cohen, Macdonald)

Symptom management studies include work in:

· pain medicine and pain management (Lapointe);

· lymphedema (Chaput; Towers);

· cachexia and cancer nutrition rehabilitation (Vigano, Towers, Parmar).

PCM research also focuses on people with advanced heart disease (Laforest, Cohen), First Nations (Macdonald), ethical issues (Macdonald, Bitzas, Towers, Karsoho), and improving health care (Cohen, Laforest, Chaput, Bitzas). 

In collaboration with McGill Programs in Whole Person Care the potential for mindfulness-based medical practice to prevent professional caregiver burnout is being explored  (Hutchinson, Liben).

For more detailed information about our researchers and their projects, please see the menu to the left of this page. (Graduate student names are asterisked *)





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