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Research Incubator

The PalC research incubator aims to provide mentorship and guidance to aspiring investigators who are interested in conducting research related to palliative care but may not have the knowledge and expertise to carry out their studies independently yet. It seeks to nurture and cultivate their interest and passion so that they can develop and go forth to conduct their own studies in future.

Prospective principal investigators (PI) are encouraged to discuss potential research ideas with a PalC research team member or email their interest and ideas to research@palc.org.sg using the research proposal form here. If an idea is shortlisted, the prospective PI will be required to submit a detailed proposal.

Prospective PIs are to present the proposal to the PalC research committee. Feedback will be provided during the presentation and through emails, and PIs are required to revise their proposals based on the feedback. Once the proposal is approved by the PalC research committee, PIs can go on to apply for ethics application. PalC would designate a research member to provide advisory support and guidance throughout the project.

Successful PIs are required to provide regular updates on the status of their projects at research forums or any other platforms as requested by the PalC research committee, so that any issues or concerns can be addressed in a timely manner.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please email us at research@palc.org.sg if you have any queries or to discuss your research ideas.

Research Studies

  • Ongoing
The Dignity in Advanced Dementia (DIADEM) Study
October 2014 - Present


The prevalence of dementia is increasing globally but support for symptoms and end-of-life care for advanced dementia patients living at home is lacking. The aim of the study is to develop a home care programme comprising a multi-disciplinary team of professionals with palliative and geriatric skills, to care for patients with advanced dementia at home and support caregivers. Working in close collaboration with the hospital and inpatient hospice, the programme’s effectiveness will be evaluated based on healthcare utilisation, health economic analysis and caregiver’s satisfaction with care provided. Data collected from the study will also be used for survival analysis in order to build a prognostic model which will inform the timely introduction of palliative care services for patients with advanced dementia.

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