Nneka N. Ufere
Massachusetts General Hospital
LiverPal: A Randomized Study of Inpatient Palliative Care for Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease (ESLD)
I plan to conduct a randomized study to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effects and future implementation of LiverPal versus usual care alone on improving quality of life and symptom burden and reducing healthcare utilization for one hundred patients with ESLD.
“My vision is to increase healthcare system empathy for patients with ESLD and their families. I am committed to becoming a leader in palliative hepatology with the goal of translating my research innovations into new healthcare delivery models to improve the care of patients with ESLD and their families both locally and nationally. As an emerging leader in palliative hepatology, my leadership has been centered in research, specifically leading studies describing the palliative care needs of patients with ESLD and their families and beginning to develop clinical interventions to address these unmet needs. However, to make the large-scale changes that are needed to improve to the lives of a socially and medically disadvantaged population such as patients with ESLD and their families, I will need to lead impactful work that goes beyond the limits of medical journals and my immediate institution. I see the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program as an opportunity to obtain the critical leadership skills needed to make transformative change for patients with ESLD and their families.”