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PALliative Care Yields Cancer welLbEing Support

Objective

Challenge: many patients with advanced cancer in the final phase of life leave the hospital without continuity of information, and certainty about further treatment and care provision. Often, communication between healthcare providers in different settings is suboptimal and this leads to poor continuity and coordination of care, negatively impacting the quality of life and increasing preventable hospital admissions. Solution: the PAL-CYCLES programme: a transitional palliative care programme for patients with advanced cancer, adaptable to local cultures and healthcare systems. The programme contains an intervention aiming for a smooth transition from hospital care to community care, consisting of five cornerstone components: (1) identification of a patient with palliative and supportive care needs in collaboration with the oncologist and the hospital palliative care team; (2) compassionate communication towards the patient and their family; (3) a collaborative multidimensional care plan and follow-up in the home care setting; (4) periodic evaluation of the care plan with patients and relatives; (5) identification of the terminal phase (if there) based on the periodic evaluations, with appropriate intensification of care and end-of-life talks depending on local possibilities and habits, including consultation with patient and families about ethically and legally sensitive issues. Plan: we intend to develop, adapt, implement, and evaluate the PAL-CYCLES programme in seven European countries using a stepped wedge randomized controlled trial design. Patient, relatives, and health care provider experiences, as well as ethical and equity issues will be addressed with qualitative methods. Impact: the PAL-CYCLES programme will facilitate patient-centred communication and continuity of palliative cancer care in the community care setting, reducing unplanned hospital admissions and improving quality of life for patients with advanced cancer at the end of life.

Coordinator

STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM
Net EU contribution
€ 1 121 998,00
Address
Geert Grooteplein 10 Zuid
6525 GA Nijmegen
Netherlands

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Arnhem/Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,75

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM BONN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 641 662,00
Address
Venusberg-campus 1
53127 Bonn

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,50
PECSI TUDOMANYEGYETEM - UNIVERSITY OF PECS
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 485 500,00
Address
Vasvari Pal Utca 4
7622 Pecs

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Region
Dunántúl Dél-Dunántúl Baranya
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIWERSYTET ZIELONOGORSKI
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 368 750,00
Address
Ulica Licealna 9
65 417 Zielona Gora

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Region
Makroregion północno-zachodni Lubuskie Zielonogórski
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
FUNDATIA HOSPICE CASA SPERANTEI
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 494 875,00
Address
Strada Sitei 17a
500074 Brasov

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Region
Macroregiunea Unu Centru Braşov
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR PALLIATIVE CARE
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 362 500,00
Address
Airportlaan 10
1800 Vilvoorde

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDADE CATOLICA PORTUGUESA
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 547 686,00
Address
Palma De Cima
1649 023 Lisboa

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Region
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,25
UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 400 500,00
Address
Campus Universitario Edificio Central
31080 Pamplona

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Region
Noreste Comunidad Foral de Navarra Navarra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
EUROPEAN CANCER PATIENT COALITION
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 50 487,00
Address
Avenue Des Arts 6
1210 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,50

Partners (1)

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster

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Region
North West (England) Lancashire Lancaster and Wyre
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data