FLIECE study 4

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Improving end-of-life care in residential care for older people

Worldwide, a growing number of people are suffering from dementia. It is estimated that in Belgium a quarter of the people with dementia reside and eventually decease in a long-term care facility. Hence, good end-of-life care for persons with dementia is essential. According to empirical research, however, the typical nature of dementia poses important barriers to providing high-quality palliative care and requires specific adjustments. In Flanders, evidence-based guidelines for organizing qualitative palliative care for people with dementia in care homes are missing.

The central aim of this study is to develop evidence-based and practice-based guidelines for good palliative care for people with dementia in long-term care facilities.bA further aim is to implement these guidelines and evaluate the effectiveness on improving the quality of end-of-life care for persons with dementia in residential care. Furthermore, a mixed-method evaluation is conducted to examine whether the quality of end-of-life care is improved by the guidelines.

More information? Please contact Sophie Ampe, sophie.ampe@med.kuleuven.be

 
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