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Cancer research institute supports research by CHEPA faculty Hsien Seow

02 Jun 2011

CHEPA faculty member Hsien Seow has received a $670,000 grant to advance his research in the area of end-of-life care for cancer patients.

He is principal investigator on the project that will investigate the organization, delivery and costs of end-of-life care, with a focus on the potential of homecare.

Earlier research by Seow has shown that end-of-life cancer patients in Ontario who received more homecare nursing hours were less likely to require hospital visits. This project will extend this research to three more provinces, investigate the effect of more homecare nursing hours on total health care costs, and determine whether patients use care differently depending on their province.

The three-year study entitled The organization, delivery and costs of end-of-life cancer care: the potential of homecare nursing in four provinces, will begin this summer. The funding is provided by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.

Seow, who joined CHEPA in 2010, is an assistant professor in McMaster’s Department of Oncology, and holds the Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Health Services. His research interests include improving quality and the healthcare service delivery of palliative care for patients with cancer and other serious, chronic illnesses.

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