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ipac is a research institute in the field of palliative care.

We conduct research projects alone or in cooperation with national and international partners. We connect clinical knowledge with scientifically sound methodology and thus, aim to promote palliative care research in Germany.

We are committed to the following principles:

  • We view the terminally ill and their families as the focus of our work – to support them is our first priority.

  • We view a person in a holistic way with his physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs.

  • We affirm life, and regard dying as a normal process. We disapprove euthanasia and medical assisted suicide.

  • We see palliative care as social approach in the integration of the civic, professional, hospice-related and palliative commitment.

  • We treasure the scientific freedom and reject any limitation or influence, for instance, through interests in profit by the pharmaceutical industry.

  • We support the free and public access to all research findings of the institute with the obligation for publication.

     

    “We should learn not only how to free people from pain and distress, how to understand them and never let them down, but also to be silent, how to listen and how just to be there.”

    Dame Cicely Saunders, 1918-2005