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Jean Kutner MD to Open 2017 Symposium

Jean Kutner MD Will Share Research to Inspire and Support Symposium Attendees

Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of Colorado School of Medicine Chief Medical Officer, University of Colorado Hospital will open the 2017 Academic Symposium for Palliative Care Education and Research, being conducted Sept. 28 -29 on the CSU San Marcos campus. Kutner was invited to begin the two days of exchange and collaboration by highlighting her research, her leadership in the NIH-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC), and her study of ways in which quality of life and care for those suffering from chronic or life-threatening illness can be improved.

Teaching and Research Devoted to Patients and Family Caregivers

As one of the experts who authored “Dying in America,” the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on improvements in end-of-life care needed in America, and as a practicing palliative care physician, Kutner devotes her teaching and practice to improving symptoms and the quality of life for patients with serious illness and their family caregivers. In her research, her goals are to enhance palliative care not only for patients but their family members as well. Kutner’s research investigates complex outcomes, such as caregiver burden, symptom distress, quality of life, depression and grief.

An Inspiration for Researchers

Kutner’s ongoing research projects include CaLL, Caregiver Life Line, a support for family caregivers of people with serious advanced illness, palliative care registry and quality benchmarking, and her work with the PCRC. Past projects include evaluation of rural hospice care provision, telephonic support for elderly caregivers, examining costs of palliative care, and more. As a researcher and grant recipient, Kutner will engage Symposium attendees with the substance of her work, but will be an inspiration for faculty from across the country attending this event.

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