The goals of the Affective and Decision Science and Palliative Care for Cancer workshop series are to bring together scientists from these areas to: identify research gaps, opportunities, and challenges; foster research collaborations; and identify ways that NCI can foster research at this area of intersection that would improve palliative care research and practice while advancing affective and decision science in this context.
The first workshop took place in November 2013. This workshop paired affective and decision scientists with palliative care scientists and clinicians, focusing on research gaps and opportunities related to palliative care in the context of treatment; end-of-life palliative care; pediatric, adolescent, and young adult palliative care; and palliative care for side effects and late effects of cancer treatments. Invitees were Drs. Marie Bakitas (University of Alabama), Susan Block (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Linda Cameron (University of California, Merced), Paul Han (Maine Medical Center), Pamela Hinds (Children’s National Hospital), Mara Mather (University of Southern California), Samuel McClure (Stanford University), Ellen Peters (Ohio State University), Valerie Reyna (Cornell University), and Jennifer Temel (Harvard University).
The second workshop took place in May 2015. This workshop highlighted the subcontracted proof-of-concept projects (described in detail below), shedding insight on both successes and challenges in bridging the applied clinical research of palliative care with basic affective and decision sciences. In addition, this workshop contributed to NCI strategic and scientific planning by further elucidating gaps, opportunities, and challenges for research at this intersection, and by garnering feedback about ways in which NCI can facilitate this type of research.