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Healthcare institutions to start research into care in the last phase of life

Healthcare institutions to start research into care in the last phase of life

Healthcare start a major investigation into the quality of palliative care in the Netherlands; the support of people at the approaching end of their life.

The researchers want to know what Dutch people the most important aspects found in the care during the last phase of life, made the University Medical Center Groningen Wednesday known.

Palliative care is the care in the last phase of life of patients who are seriously ill and for whom no cure is possible. It is especially focused on the quality of life as good as possible. “The goal of the research is to find out when we palliative care ‘well’,” said the UMCG.

State secretary Martin van Rijn (public Health), indicated previously that the offer of palliative care in the Netherlands is good, but that it is not enough based on the needs of the patient.

The research is being carried out by the UMCG, Radboudumc, Erasmus MC, Martini Hospital, the Netherlands general Practitioners Society, the NIVEL, Zorgebelang the Netherlands and the comprehensive Cancer centre the Netherlands. Everyone can until August 1, join via the website www.uwmeningoverpalliatievezorg.nl.

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