Achieving palliative care research efficiency through defining and benchmarking performance metrics

Jordan Lodato, Noreen Aziz, Rachael Bennett, Amy Abernethy, Jean Kutner

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    Purpose of review Research efficiency is gaining increasing attention in the research enterprise, including palliative care research. The importance of generating meaningful findings and translating these scientific advances to improved patient care creates urgency in the field to address well documented system inefficiencies. The Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) provides useful examples for ensuring research efficiency in palliative care. Recent findings Literature on maximizing research efficiency focuses on the importance of clearly delineated process maps, working instructions, and standard operating procedures in creating synchronicity in expectations across research sites. Examples from the PCRC support these objectives and suggest that early creation and employment of performance metrics aligned with these processes are essential to generate clear expectations and identify benchmarks. These benchmarks are critical in effective monitoring and ultimately the generation of high-quality findings that are translatable to clinical populations. Prioritization of measurable goals and tasks to ensure that activities align with programmatic aims is critical. Summary Examples from the PCRC affirm and expand the existing literature on research efficiency, providing a palliative care focus. Operating procedures, performance metrics, prioritization, and monitoring for success should all be informed by and inform the process map to achieve maximum research efficiency.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)533-542
    Number of pages10
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


    • Clinical trials
    • Operating procedures
    • Palliative care
    • Performance metrics
    • Process mapping


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