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Benefits of integrated palliative care assessed by European Research consortium

Author: Dr Sandra Varey & Professor Sheila Payne, International Observatory on End of Life Care,Lancaster University, UK
26 April 2016
  • Members of the InSup-C consortium from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and the UK

Researchers involved in an international research project examining integrated palliative care, InSuP-C, met in Lancaster University, UK on 18 and 19 April 2016.

The meeting was attended by members of the consortium from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The InSup-C project began in 2012 and is funded by the European Commission Framework 7 Programme.

Aims of the project

The project aims to find out the best way to deliver palliative care to people who have advanced cancer, heart failure or lung disease as they come towards the end of their lives.

INSup-C has focused on integrated palliative care, with ‘integrated’ meaning when several healthcare workers from different services work together to provide care in a seamless way that is tailored to individual patient need.  

The purpose of the meeting was to examine the wealth of data collected and to begin to interpret the meaning of the findings, which will be published in peer reviewed journals later this year.

Presenting key findings

In the coming months, project members will be presenting key findings from the InSup-C project at a number of events including the 16th International Conference on Integrated Care in Barcelona in May and the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) World Research Congress in Dublin in June.

Before the InSup-C project ends, two key events are taking place; a symposium entitled: ‘Integrated Palliative Care: Are you ready for change?’  and a free online course, Palliative Care: Making it Work.

Symposium – ‘Integrated Palliative Care: Are you ready for change?’

This symposium is being held in Brussels on 30 September 2016, in collaboration with the EAPC Research Network.

The event’s keynote speakers will be Professor David Currow and Professor Phil Larkin, with contributions from people working in palliative care across the world.

Details about abstract submissions and registration for the event can be found at

Free online course – ‘Palliative Care: Making it Work’

This free online course starts on 17 October and runs for three weeks.

It is open to anyone and will be of interest to those with a personal or professional interest in palliative care.

The course draws on results from the InSup-C project and features a range of guest speakers to provide real-life examples of best practice in delivering integrated palliative care.

The programme is co-ordinated by the International Observatory on End of Life Care, a world leader in the field of palliative care.

For more information visit the University of Lancaster website.  

Results and dissemination

The InSup-C project ends in Autumn 2016 and the team is currently disseminating the project results. 

You can keep in touch with the project’s findings and other activities on the project website, on Facebook, on Twitter, or through the EAPC Blog.

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