InSup-C is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), part of the European Union's Research and Innovation Action for 2007-2013. Grant Agreement No 305555.

01/11/2012 – 31/10/2016 (4 years) closed project

Radboud University

Why it matters

InSup-C investigated patient‐centred palliative care pathways in advanced cancer and chronic disease. As palliative care is delivered in numerous settings where patients with advanced disease live and die (at home, in a hospital, hospice, residence home), the optimisation of palliative care effects improves health service delivery in many types of European healthcare institutions. Patients can experience burdensome transfers in the last 3 months of life, the preferred place of death often not being possible, treatment choices in this phase of disease varying, and family caregivers being overburdened. InSup-C aimed at identifying best practices with regard to quality of life and quality of care. The project notably examined how health services in European countries can improve the integration of palliative care in treatment pathways, patient care networks and institutional collaborations.

Best practices combined optimal strategies for high-quality palliative care delivery with an effective and efficient organisation of care within the local context. Transfer of knowledge was supported by the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC Onlus) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and included – amongst other things – a website, an e-learning module and a book.

What ECPC did

ECPC was part of the project Advisory Board and was invited to oversee the InSup-C work to support dialogue with patients and ensure that the patients’ views were respected throughout the project. ECPC contributed to drafting the InSup-C recommendation and helped disseminate project results and articles.

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This project is funded by the European Union