On Friday 4th November, the Pal-Cycles research group met in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in the first face to face meeting of the European programme that will develop, implement, and test an intervention to improve quality of care to people with advanced cancer disease and their families, by providing a smooth transition from hospital to community care.
Many people with advanced cancer at the end of life leave hospital without follow-up information about diagnosis, prognosis, and appropriate care. Oftentimes, there is a lack of continuity and coordination in follow-up care, and this negatively affects everyone involved in an advanced disease situation.
The Palliative Care Yields Cancer Wellbeing Support (Pal-Cycles) is a €4.5 million project funded by the European Commission that aims to find the optimal transition model between the hospital and home. Led by Prof Jeroen Hasselaar from Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen (The Netherlands), this programme will facilitate patient-centred communication and continuity of care for people with advanced cancer, reducing unplanned hospital admissions and improving quality of life at the end of life.
Using multi-method approaches, this research group will develop and adapt an intervention to the local, social, cultural, and economic contexts of the seven European countries involved in the study (The Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Portugal).