Consultant Dr Alpna Chauhan founded our research team in 2011 and developed it with the support of staff from the hospice and Nottingham University Hospital. The team provides opportunities for patients accessing palliative care to take part in research opportunities. The hospice has been involved in 21 research studies since 2011.

We celebrate over ten years of research activity at John Eastwood Hospice. During this period, we have been involved in research regarding:

  • The role of the drug Methylphenidate in Cancer Related Fatigue (which is an ongoing study at present)
  • Prognostication in cancer 
  • Whether early referral of patients with Mesothelioma to Specialist Palliative Care services improves Quality of Life 
  • The effectiveness of a drug called drug called APD515 in the treatment of dry mouth 
  • The relationship between how people score their pain and how they rate their quality of life 
  • Managing medicines for patients dying at home 
  • The role of Sativex in managing cancer pain: 

What is a research active hospice?

In 2013, the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care published Research in palliative care: can hospices afford not to be involved? It identified how important it was for hospices to be research active.
Being research active means that hospices use the right evidence, in the right way, at the right time to plan, deliver and evaluate care. It is also concerned with the generation and development of new knowledge, evidence and research questions to make a difference to people’s lives.

Research active hospices includes:

  • Being research ready: ready to use and/or generate research evidence.
  • Research aware: visible use of best possible evidence (all hospices).
  • Research engaged: supporting the development of evidence (many hospices).
  • Research generating: contributing to the development of or generating evidence (some hospices).
  • Research leading: leading the generation of evidence and research questions (a few hospices).
  • Research active hospices also connect locally, regional, nationally or internationally with research and academic organisations such as Research Networks, Universities, academic centres and other health and social care providers.