CAPACITY (FWO SBO)

last updated 16-04-2019

Flanders project to develop capacity in palliative care across society

 
Domain: CancerEarly Palliative CareCommunicationOlder people and dementiaPlace of Care and Place of DeathPalliative care needsAdvance Care Planning
Period: 01-2019 to 03-2023
Status: 
Current

Background

There is growing realization that it will not be sufficient to solely engage more professional caregivers to address the future challenges of palliative care. A broad capacity- development in palliative care across society, outside traditional health care services, offers a promising complementary paradigm.

Aim

CAPACITY is a 2.7 million euro funded research project aiming to develop and evaluate innovative interventions for broad capacity-development around palliative care by better using the existing capacity and potential.

Methods and results

The aim of understanding and enhancing assets of individuals, communities and organizations who have the potential to improve the experience of living with and dying from a serious illness is addressed by 6 studies focusing on broad capacity-development in:

Individuals:

Study 1 will develop and evaluate an advance care planning tool for people with dementia and their informal carers;

Study 2 will develop and evaluate an eHealth application to develop palliative care capacity in people with advanced cancer and their family carers;

Communities:

Study 3 and 4 will create and evaluate a compassionate city and a local volunteer model within the compassionate city;

Social care organizations:

Study 5 will develop and evaluate a program to increase professional social care capacity in palliative care;

Broader society:

Study 6 will develop a public awareness campaign to promote public understanding of palliative care and its benefits. 

Conclusions

CAPACITY will add an evidence-base to Public Health and Palliative Care, including Health Promoting Palliative Care. Additionally, new evidence-based models will be developed, aimed at removing taboos and strengthening knowledge and competences around palliative care.

Funding: 

Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)

Projectpartners

  • KULeuven LUCAS
  • Universiteit Gent