Developing Priorities for Palliative Care Research in Advanced Liver Disease: A Multidisciplinary Approach

the Palliative Care Education, Advocacy, and Research in Liver Disease (PEARL) Workgroup and the AASLD Public Health / Healthcare Delivery Special Interest Group (SIG)

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Individuals with advanced liver disease (AdvLD), such as decompensated cirrhosis (DC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), have significant palliative needs. However, little research is available to guide health care providers on how to improve key domains related to palliative care (PC). We sought to identify priority areas for future research in PC by performing a comprehensive literature review and conducting iterative expert panel discussions. We conducted a literature review using search terms related to AdvLD and key PC domains. Individual reviews of these domains were performed, followed by iterative discussions by a panel consisting of experts from multiple disciplines, including hepatology, specialty PC, and nursing. Based on these discussions, priority areas for research were identified. We identified critical gaps in the available research related to PC and AdvLD. We developed and shared five key priority questions incorporating domains related to PC. Conclusion: Future research endeavors focused on improving PC in AdvLD should consider addressing the five key priorities areas identified from literature reviews and expert panel discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1469-1480
Number of pages12
JournalHepatology Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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