‘It is a difficult topic to study and this conference was a research benchmark in a developing specialty. There is no laboratory test for suffering and you cannot see pain, loneliness, or anxiety on a CT scan. Research is difficult,’ writes BMJ primary care editor Domhnall MacAulay, in his latest published blog.
Domhnall attended the COMPASS Collaborative conference and the official launch of BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care in Edinburgh. He comments on the importance of the collaborative and the new journal, and looks at the challenges and opportunities for future research in supportive and palliative care.