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A research team at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) has been awarded a 2018 Research Prize by the Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) for their poster 'Recognising the dying patient, when less could be more: a diagnostic framework for shared decision-making at the end of life'.

Palliative care

The poster was presented by Dr Dilraj Kalsi, Academic Visitor to NDS, at the Evidence and Impact Meeting, held on 17 December 2018 at the RSM.

Dr Dilraj KalsiDr Kalsi (pictured left) worked with Dr Joel Ward, Dr Regent Lee, Professor Bill Fulford and Professor Ashok Handa to develop a novel diagnostic framework that facilitates diagnosis and shared decision-making at the end of life with enormous potential to increase access to care, improve clinical outcomes, and save on costs from unwanted and futile investigations and treatments. Consultants in four key specialties - cardiology, vascular surgery, emergency general surgery and intensive care - at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were interviewed to help with the study.

The team hope this work will now translate into a useful educational tool for students and trainees.

View the winning poster.