Integrative Palliative Care:
CE/CME Online Course Development

Update June 15, 2018. Phase I of this project has been completed and Phase II is now underway. We are currently developing the new website for the project and are at work preparing the materials for the Phase II course and study to take place in 2019-20. If you would like to be notified of the opportunity to participate, see the link at the bottom of this page.

Overview. Palliative care professionals are invited to participate in a unique project sponsored by the NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. We are seeking interdisciplinary professionals to help develop and evaluate a new online continuing education (CE/CME) course on the use of integrative therapies in palliative care.

Palliative care represents one of the most rapidly expanding sectors of health care. Some integrative therapies have been shown to offer comfort, reduce suffering and improve quality of life in palliative care patients. The evidence is growing and an increasing number of patients seek such therapies. There is a need for CE/CME opportunities to help palliative care personnel make evidence-informed care planning decisions concerning the use of integrative therapies.

The final course will eventually be available online as a learning opportunity for providers from all disciplines. Course faculty will include leading experts in the field. Topics covered include:

  • Acupuncture and related approaches
  • Massage and bodywork approaches
  • Biofield therapies (Reiki, Healing Touch, etc.)
  • Aromatherapy
  • Expressive arts therapies
  • Mind/body and contemplative approaches
  • Movement approaches
  • Transforming the culture of palliative care

Who is eligible for the study?

  • Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, pharmacists, administrators, chaplains and others working in palliative care.

What is involved in Phase II of the study?

  • We will be recruiting 240 multidisciplinary PC providers to particiate in a randomized controlled trial of the online course being developed. Participants will receive CE/CME credit for their participation, plus payment for data collection.
  • Further details will be provided on this page in 2019 when the RCT portion of the project is ready for activation.

Who is conducting the project?

  • The Principal Investigators are William Collinge, PhD and Leila Kozak, PhD
  • The organization conducting the study is Collinge and Associates, Inc., an independent research organization funded by the National Institutes of Health
  • The project is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, grant #R44 CA210723
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organzation (NHPCO) and Sullivan School of Pharmacy are collaborators in this project


For more information: Contact William Collinge, PhD, MPH at William@collinge.org or Leila Kozak, PhD, at leila.kozak@gmail.com.