Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) is an institution organised as a private foundation with locations in Salzburg and Nuremberg. Teaching, research and patient care – these are the three pillars on which the university was founded in 2002, and which continue to have the highest priority. With 22 university institutes, three research centres and six research programs it provides a first-class educational offer and excellent research at the Salzburg location. The education offer of Paracelsus University in Salzburg comprises the study of human medicine, the study in pharmacy and nursing science as well as postgraduate doctorate degree study programs in medical science, molecular medicine and nursing & allied health sciences, as well as a number of university and further education programs. The work in PD_Pal will be undertaken by the Institute for nursing science and practice at the medical private University Salzburg (PMU) (head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Osterbrink, PhD) has many years of experience in planning and conducting empirical research projects. Since 2016 the Institute has been WHO Collaborating Center in Nursing Science and Practice, which the task to facilitate post-graduate palliative education in European countries. The institute hosts the professorship for palliative care, which unites a medical professor who is specialized in Neurology and Palliative Care (Univ.-Prof. Stefan Lorenzl, PhD, Dipl. Pall. med. (Univ. Cardiff)) 50% and a Professor for nursing research (Univ.-Prof. Phil Larkin, PhD, president EAPC), 50%. Apart from the research, the Institute offers a wide variety of nursing degree programs, including an online bachelor program, 2 other bachelor programs, 2 different Master programs (ANP and MScN) and a PhD-program. Many of these degree programs are provided online.