Research in MACSA
Modern supportive and palliative care as a young specialty with less than 100 years of history is full of scientific gaps that may only be filled with research. limitation in scientific evidence and practical guidelines, lack of previous local experience in the field, nature of the palliative care that deals with complex situations (e.g., grief), emergence of ethical dilemmas (e.g., treatment withdrawal) and executive challenges of palliative care all underscore the significance of research in palliative and supportive care particularly in Iran.
Modern supportive and palliative care is a very new topic in Iran and has a history of almost 10 years (concurrently with the formation of MACSA). Thus, research in various fields related to supportive and palliative care are warranted to identify local needs, translate existing knowledge to practice and adapt standard care guidelines to local needs, develop local methods, adjustment of health policies and governing structures. To date, MACSA has collaborated in the design and implementation of various studies to achieve this goal and welcomes collaboration with researchers and research institutions from around the world in all related fields.
In today’s globalized world, interdisciplinary, inter-organizational, and international collaborations facilitate research advancement.
We at MACSA highly appreciates any opportunity of research collaboration with institutions and people who are interested in development of palliative and supportive care. International research collaboration is an opportunity to improve the local research capabilities and respond to issues and challenges of palliative in Iran.
So far, various projects have been initiated and carried out aimed to promote and develop supportive and palliative care in Iran by MACSA. Some of the most important of these projects are as the following.