End-of-Life Care

Publication date 02.08.2011

FLanders study to Improve End-of-life Care and Evaluation tools (FLIECE) is a four-year collaborative research and valorization project involving four universities. The research is financially supported as a Strategic Basic Research project (SBO) by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT).

For patients with life-threatening illnesses, guaranteeing a good end to life requires the impeccable assessment and evaluation of their needs and preferences and the delivery of adequate and patient-centered care. The aim of this project is to promote better palliative care and end-of-life care by developing tools to guide clinicians and health care institutions, and to bridge the gap between academia and health policy.

This research project is strongly aimed at improving palliative care and end-of-life for patients at home and in care home situation. The main strategic aims of the FLIECE-project are threefold:
1) to assess how the quality of palliative care and end-of-life care in Flanders can be improved and to develop and test the necessary tools (handbooks, care pathways, guidelines, training, etc.) for this purpose
2) to test and improve existing evaluation tools for palliative care and end-of-life care
3) to evaluate societal changes in end-of-life care and end-of-life decision-making in Flanders

By focusing on interventions to improve the quality of palliative and end-of-life care and on the testing of evaluation tools, the strategic aims of the FLIECE project focus directly on a combination of scientific research and societal dissemination of the results, hence, on effective scientific valorisation.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel – End-of-Life Care Research Group

Head: Luc DELIENS
Valorisation Coordinator: Irene Gielen
Laarbeeklaan 103
Building K – 2nd floor
1090 Brussels – Belgium
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[W] www.endoflifecare.be