A UF College of Nursing researcher and her team have received grant funding for a five-year study of whether dignity therapy led by a nurse or a chaplain could help elderly patients facing a cancer diagnosis and receiving palliative care. Studies have shown that dignity therapy, a spiritual intervention, is well-accepted by patients, but it is not widely used and questions remain how best it can work in real-life settings. Funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Nursing Research, the study will include six sites across the country. Total funding over the five-year period is in excess of $3 million. Diana Wilkie, Ph.D., the Prairieview Trust – Earl and Margo Powers endowed professor, will be one of three principal investigators for the study. — Tracy Wright

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