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Arts-Based Approaches in Palliative Care for Symptom Management

March 26, 2015

In the summer of 2014, NIH released a funding opportunity to support research on the potential for arts-based approaches to enhance palliative care for individuals living with multiple symptoms associated with serious chronic or terminal illness.

Palliative care, which is available to patients of any age and at any stage of an illness, provides relief from distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and problems with sleep. Early studies have examined the potential of arts-based therapies, such as music engagement, visual arts, movement-based therapy, or expressive writing to ameliorate physical and/or psychological symptoms in patients with serious chronic illness. Results have been promising, but more research is needed. The goal of this funding opportunity is to determine the efficacy of arts-based therapies for symptom management in palliative care.  Ultimately the goal is to develop an evidence-base that could be used to inform the uptake of arts-based therapies in palliative care settings, for individuals across the lifespan who have symptoms associated with a wide variety of serious chronic conditions.

Next Application Due Date: June 5, 2015. Otherwise, standard due dates apply. For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit (R01).

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