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Kenneth Chambaere

Kenneth Chambaere

Prof. ‘Public Health, Sociology & Ethics of the End of Life’, Academic staff
+32 9 332 61 24, +32 498 18 45 57


MSc, PhD - Sociologist

Prof. Kenneth Chambaere is Interdisciplinary Professor of Public Health, Sociology & Ethics of the End of Life at the End-of-Life Care Research Group. He obtained an MSc in Sociology in 2004 and a Postgraduate in Logic, History and Philosophy of Science in 2005, before obtaining a PhD in Medical-Social Sciences in 2010. From 2010 to 2016 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), researching slippery slope phenomena in countries with assisted dying legislation. As part of the group’s Public Health research program, Prof. Chambaere’s current research focusses on three main themes: (1) end-of-life practices, (2) palliative care in and by the community and (3) end-of-life care for people in vulnerable positions. He conducts and is involved in projects on following topics: assisted dying/euthanasia; palliative sedation; palliative care and end-of-life decision-making in the perinatal period; tiredness of life in older people; Compassionate Communities; palliative home care for difficult-to-reach groups; volunteerism in palliative care provision, palliative day care models. To date he has published more than 70 international peer-reviewed papers and contributed several book chapters, including a chapter on the ethics of end-of-life decisions in the Springer Textbook of Palliative Care.


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Ghent University Hospital
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