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clinical settings, collaboration, hospice, palliative care, research



  1. Hurley, Susan Lysaght PhD, GNP-BC
  2. DeSanto-Madeya, Susan PhD, APRN-CNS, FAAN
  3. Fortney, Christine A. PhD, RN
  4. Izumi, Seiko PhD, RN, FPCN
  5. Phongtankuel, Veerawat MD, MS
  6. Carpenter, Joan G. PhD, CRNP, ACHPN, FPCN


Hospice and palliative care research aim to build a knowledge base to guide high-quality care for people with serious illness and improve their quality of life. Considering its focus on patient and family caregiver's experiences, hospice and palliative care research activities primarily take place in real-world clinical settings where seriously ill patients and their family caregivers receive care (eg, nursing homes, clinics, inpatient units). Conducting research in these settings poses many challenges because researchers, clinicians, and administrators may have different priorities-and scientific control is difficult. Therefore, clinician-researcher-administrator collaboration in planning and conducting studies is critical for successful hospice and palliative care research. For an effective collaboration, clinicians, researchers, and site administrators must be considered equal partners. Each collaborator brings their unique expertise, knowledge, and skills that when combined can strengthen scientific rigor, feasibility, and success of the project, as well as have study outcomes that are more translatable to real-world practice. However, little guidance exists to give actionable steps to build collaborative partnerships for hospice and palliative care researchers. The purpose of this article is to describe the process of forming successful clinician-researcher-administrator collaborations through five phases of the research life cycle: idea generation, partnership, proposal writing, research process, and dissemination. Exemplars are drawn from the authors' experiences conducting collaborative research and highlight strategies and resources for successful hospice and palliative care collaborations.