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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – April 2012

Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care

Format: Executive Summary
Institute: National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

In August 2011, NINR and partners from across NIH convened "The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care" Summit. The Summit examined the state of research and clinical practice in end-of-life and palliative care and brought scientists, health care professionals, and public advocates together to shape the future research agenda for this critical scientific area.

The event served as a significant milestone not only to reflect on past accomplishments but also to address the scientific contributions of one of the most important areas of health care in our nation today.

You can learn more in the executive summary of the Summit, recently published by NINR. The executive summary includes overviews of panel discussions and speeches, key points, and future directions identified at the Summit.

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You can read or download the Summit executive summary at

This page last reviewed on August 21, 2012

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