Dyadic Psychosocial and Educational Interventions for People with Advanced Cancer and their Informal Caregivers

RIA (Research and Innovation Action)

DIAdIC is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Grant Agreement No 825722.

01/01/2019 – 30/06/2024 (5 years)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Erasmus University Medical Centre

King’s College London

Queen’s University Belfast

Ghent University

Azienda U.S.L. Di Reggio Emilia

University of Copenhagen

Trinity College Dublin

University College Dublin

European Association of Palliative Care

European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)

Why it matters

A cancer diagnosis negatively impacts both the patient and the family caregiver. Good psychosocial and educational support can substantially reduce this impact and improve the quality of life of both. DIAdIC will develop and evaluate two different methods of administering psychosocial and educational interventions: a face-to-face method provided in the patient and caregiver home by a specially trained professional and a self-administered electronic tool. Both interventions are aimed at the patient-caregiver dyad (something consisting of two parts or persons, from Latin/Greek duas or dyás) and will be available across Europe to provide good psychosocial and educational support to patients and their family caregivers.

“A major strength and uniqueness of the DIAdIC project is that it considers the patient-caregiver dyad as a unit and that it supports them using tailored interventions that are complementary to the existing professional care … By supporting the dyad in their own home, outside of a contact with health care services, we expect to have more impact on improving families’ wellbeing.”

DIAdIC Coordinator, Prof Joachim Cohen

What ECPC does

ECPC leads the project’s work on dissemination and communication, ensuring engagement with the public, patients and other stakeholders. ECPC designed the project’s visual identity, developed and maintains a project website and multiple social media platforms, and disseminates a biannual newsletter and press releases. ECPC is also helping in drafting implementation guidelines for the DIAdIC interventions to ensure further implementation, writing a position paper with policy and awareness recommendations, and hosting the final stakeholder event at the completion of the project.

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This project is funded by the European Union