The Foundation for Life Care Planning Research has forged associations with the University of Florida, Georgia State University and the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. In each instance these associations are with the Departments of Rehabilitation, which work with the Foundation to achieve its primary mission statement of supporting research on the process of Life Care Planning. The Foundation was established in 2002 as a nonprofit research group, with a primary focus on research on the reliability and validity of the Life Care Planning process. Although that remains an important consideration for the Foundation the Board has broadened the scope of the mission to consider any well-developed research design in Life Care Planning that advances the field and/or makes a significant contribution to the population of disabled individuals Life Care Planners seek to serve.

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Reliability and Validity for Life Care Planners - Why are we, as clinical practitioners, interested in research aimed at validating the process of life care planning?

Reading and Interpreting Life Care Planning Literature - The professional should be prepared to critically evaluate a study reported in the literature and apply that new knowledge to their professional practice and future investigative endeavors.

Ethics in Research - As practitioners and researchers, we have a responsibility to protect the research subject from potential harms . . .

Introduction to Evidence-based Practice - The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.

Locating Practice Guidelines - When seeking clinical practice guidelines specific to the patient with whom you are working, you may begin your search in the following ways:

Sources of Research Information - There are numerous resources available to life care planners, but professionas need to know where information exists . . .