Palliative care needs of refugees in Jordan

13th September 2018

Professor Richard Harding (Principal Investigator), Director of the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute, and Dr Omar Shamieh (Local Principal Investigator),Director of the Center for Palliative & Cancer Care in Conflict (CPCCC), King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan have recently launched a Phase I study exploring the palliative needs and experiences of those with advanced cancer including refugees in Jordan.

They held a successful study method training day on 16 August 2018 with local research/clinical colleagues from King Hussein Cancer Centre and Al-Bashir Hospital. The training was delivered by PhD student Alessandra Giusti, Professor Harding and Dr Ping Guo, and focused on qualitative interview study methods.

This work is part of a large project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to build sustainable research capacity and capability for the health sector in countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region impacted by conflict – Research for Health in Conflict (R4HC-MENA).

The focus is on generating robust evidence to advocate for better policies and practices, to work alongside partners with King’s providing scientific support to address local priorities and challenges.  The aim is to improve access and quality in palliative care, and build palliative care research capacity in Jordan.