01 August 2016

Marie Curie funds crucial research to improve the care of those with chronic lung conditions

Marie Curie has awarded £118,682 to researchers at the University of Hull from a £1million annual pot that the charity provides to fund high quality studies that will benefit people living with terminal illnesses and those with end of life care needs.

The money has paid for research into the care received by people with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) – a chronic and ultimately fatal lung disease.

As part of the study, researchers tested a new tool that will help doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals identify when patients could benefit from palliative care – care that is focussed on managing pain symptoms and improving quality of life while taking account of psychological, social and spiritual needs. The tool will enable healthcare professionals to better assess these needs and refer patients to specialist palliative care services, when required.

The research has been led by Hull York Medical School (a partnership between the Universities of Hull and York) with support from the teams at Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, and Manchester University.

News of the research coincides with the establishment of a new Marie Curie fundraising group in East Hull which will help to raise vital funds for people living with terminal illness and their families. The charity is calling on people in East Hull to get involved to help organise fundraising events and activities in their local community.

Miriam Johnson, Professor of Palliative Medicine at the Hull York Medical School, said:

“We are very grateful to Marie Curie for funding this important research. While there is generally very good access to palliative care for people with terminal cancer, the palliative care needs of patients with other conditions such as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis are currently not routinely assessed. This research addresses a very crucial need in terms of helping healthcare professionals to better assess when patients require palliative care. The research also highlights the central role that caregivers play in the patient’s care and how their needs are often overlooked.”

Natalie Atherley, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie, said:

“The amazing work being done at the University of Hull really illustrates the difference that Marie Curie is helping to make for people living with terminal illnesses across the country but we are only able to do this thanks to the generosity of our local supporters and volunteers. We would encourage anyone in Hull who can spare the time to get involved in helping us to raise funds.”

If you would like to find out more about Marie Curie’s work and how you can support the charity locally, please contact Natalie Atherley on 01904 755260 or email natalie.atherley@mariecurie.org.uk.