Palliative care in long-term care settings – raising the profile

Katherine Froggatt

Katherine Froggatt

Katherine Froggatt (International Observatory on End of Life Care,Lancaster University, UK) and Elisabeth Reitinger (IFF-Palliative Care and Organizational Ethics, University of Klagenfurt, Vienna, Austria) are Co-chairs of the EAPC Taskforce on Palliative Care in Long-term Care Settings for Older People

Elisabeth Reitinger

Elisabeth Reitinger

The EAPC Taskforce on Palliative Care in Long-term Care Settings for Older People was established in 2010. It aims to provide a European perspective on the current state of development of palliative care in long-term care settings across Europe. The work arises from a concern to see older people receive the best care possible towards the end of their lives, wherever they live.  Long-term care settings have for a long time been ignored as places where people die, and this work aims to raise their profile in a positive way.

A 12-country study
We are working with 12 countries across Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. We are undertaking two key tasks:

  • Mapping the state of long-term care in these countries to provide comparative information about the context for older people dying in this setting.
  • Identifying initiatives being undertaken in each country that illustrate good practice in supporting long-term care settings to provide palliative care for older people.

We are currently writing up the work and will be presenting it at the EAPC’s 7th World Research Congress in Trondheim  in June 2012. We look forward to seeing you there.

Find out more…
You can read more about the Taskforce on Palliative Care in Long-term Care Settings for Older People or view more information on other EAPC taskforces – we’ll also be bringing you regular updates from our taskforces via this blog.

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