Current Clinical Research Trials:
The types of clinical research trials/studies vary but generally are focused on improving pain, shortness of breath, constipation, fatigue, and other symptoms commonly associated with advanced illness. At any given time we have 4-6 studies for which we are actively seeking volunteers.
Current Research Grants:
In 2017, Four Seasons Research & Development Team was awarded a grant by the Duke Endowment for a 2 year project to enhance palliative care services across the Carolinas. Establishing a model for other palliative care providing organizations to follow will improve and benefit patients and families for generations to come. Most recently Four Seasons was awarded a two-year extension to continue this project.
The most recent grant opportunity we have been able to secure involves Telehospice. Telehospice grant funding and research will allow Four Seasons to set an example and provide higher quality care to patients that may not otherwise be able to receive such care. The Telehospice model enables us to provide the right care at the right time and to improve care for hospice patients in rural areas.
In October of 2019, Four Seasons received a two-year telehealth grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This grant will enable Four Seasons to evaluate the impact on patients and providers of integrating a virtual pharmacist into a telehealth model when caring for people with serious illness in rural western North Carolina.
Four Seasons in Flat Rock, North Carolina is pleased to announce the creation of a new virtual hospice and palliative care community- Project ECHO HPM CARES (Hospice and Palliative Medicine COVID-19 Action and Resilience Education Support). This project has been generously funded by the Cambia Health Foundation. Click here to learn more about the Cambia Health Foundation grant to Four Seasons.