Call for Research Participants

Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care:
CME Course Development

Updated January 2, 2018: Recruitment for Phase I of this project is now closed. However, we will notify all applicants of future opportunities to participate as they become available. If you have not yet applied and would like to be notified of upcoming opportunities, please use the application link at the bottom of this page.

Palliative care professionals are invited to participate in a unique project sponsored by the NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. We are seeking interdisciplinary professionals to help develop and evaluate a new online continuing education (CE/CME) course on the use of integrative therapies in palliative care.

Palliative care represents one of the most rapidly expanding sectors of health care. Some integrative therapies have been shown to offer comfort, reduce suffering and improve quality of life in palliative care patients. The evidence is growing and an increasing number of patients seek such therapies. There is a need for CE/CME opportunities to help palliative care personnel make evidence-informed care planning decisions concerning the use of integrative therapies.

The final course will eventually be available online as a learning opportunity for providers from all disciplines. Course faculty will include leading experts in the field. Topics covered include acupuncture, massage, biofield therapies, aromatherapy, expressive arts therapies, mind/body and contemplative therapies, movement approaches, and transforming the culture of palliative care.

Who is eligible for the study?

  • Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, pharmacists, administrators, chaplains and others working in palliative care.

What is involved in Phase I of the study?

  • Read the online Consent Form and submit a brief online Application (below).
  • Have a brief phone interview with a member of the project team to discuss the project.
  • Applicants will be selected based on the project’s need for diverse representation by discipline, gender and race/ethnicity.
  • You may be selected to participate in ONE of two available activities:
    • (1) Participate in an online video conference Focus Group (one hour) with five other professionals to give your recommendations of course content and how to evaluate course outcomes; OR
    • (2) Complete an online Survey Instrument (about 15 minutes) on the use of complementry therapies in palliative care.
  • Both activities are online only. Focus Groups will be scheduled in advance, and Survey  participants will be able to participate at their convenience.

What's the compensation?

  • Focus Group participants receive $200. Survey participants receive $40.

Who is conducting the project?

  • The Principal Investigators are William Collinge, PhD and Leila Kozak, PhD
  • The organization conducting the study is Collinge and Associates, Inc., an independent research organization funded by the National Institutes of Health
  • The project is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, SBIR and STTR Program
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organzation (NHPCO) is a collaborator


For more information: Contact William Collinge, PhD, MPH at William@collinge.org or Leila Kozak, PhD, at leila.kozak@gmail.com.