Research generally begins with an observation which in turn prompts a question. From this the next step is to form a hypothesis or explanation which can be tested through a well-designed research study. There are many different research resources available to support research in palliative care. Below are some of the useful resources we have found to get you started.
You can learn more about palliative care research at the Research Centre for Palliative Care Death & Dying, RePaDD.
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Developing your research question and hypothesis are the key steps in getting started with research. This will determine the most appropriate research study type to use by helping you to decide:
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As with EBP, frameworks such as PICO or PICo can be helpful when developing a research question from your hypothesis. However, they should guide you in developing a question rather than tell you what is needed. 
Conducting research and establishing a strong research evidence base in palliative care faces many challenges. As outlined by Aoun , there are strategies for dealing with some of these, but often this must be considered at the point of defining the research question.
Some of the challenges and strategies highlighted to address these are summarised here.  To help you explore these issues there are also links to relevant examples from the literature where the strategy or challenge has been explored.
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