Invitation to Participate in Research

Evaluation of the Integrative Palliative Care Program for Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Providers

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


Multidisciplinary health care professionals working in the field of palliative care are invited to apply to participate in an NCI-sponsored study evaluating impact of the Integrative Palliative Care Program on learners. All participants will take the 9 module program and receive 9 CE/CME credits, a $100 honorarium, and the Certificate in Integrative Palliative Care. The 9 program modules cover:

  • Introduction to Integrative Palliative Care
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Biofield Therapies
  • Expressive Arts
  • Massage Therapy and Touch Interventions
  • Mind-Body and Contemplative Therapies
  • Movement-Based Therapies
  • Transforming the Culture of Care

Content includes expert interviews, historical background, mechanisms of action, reviews of the evidence specific to palliative care, grading of recommendations for specific symptoms, practical aspects of care planning and program implementation, cost and payment strategies, credentialing of providers, safety precautions and contraindications, and downloadable resource documents.

This program is accredited by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to provide 9 CE/CME credits for physicians (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™), nurses, and non-physician health care providers (social workers, counselors, chaplains, etc.).

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.

Please Note: This project is for personnel who work AT LEAST HALF TIME IN A PALLIATIVE CARE SETTING. Also, participants must agree to complete the 9 hours of CE/CME activity within a MAXIMUM TWO-MONTH PERIOD.

Who is conducting the project?

  • The Principal Investigators are William Collinge, PhD and Leila Kozak, PhD
  • The project is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, grant #R44CA210723 to Collinge and Associates, Inc.
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the accredited provider of CE/CME credit for multidisciplinary health care providers

How Do I Apply?

Click here to read the Consent Form and complete the Application.