CAREFul - Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Care Programma for the Last Days of Life to improve care in the last days of life: a cluster randomised trial

last updated 06-07-2016

Improve the quality of end-of-life care in acute geriatric hospital wards

Domain: Older people and dementia
Period: 03-2011 to 02-2016


The CAREFul programme has been developed to improve the quality of end-of-life care in acute geriatric hospital wards. The programme is based on existing end-of-life care programmes but modelled to the acute geriatric care setting. There is a lack of evidence of the effectiveness of end-of-life care programmes and the effects that may be achieved in patients dying in an acute geriatric hospital setting are unknown. 


The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the CAREFuL programme in improving the comfort and quality of care in the dying phase of older people in acute geriatric hospital wards.


A cluster randomized controlled trial was performed in 22 acute geriatric wards in 10 hospitals.

Project group 

Senior researcher: Tinne Smets

Senior researcher: Kim Beernaert

Professor: Joachim Cohen

Professor: Massimo Costantini

Professor: Nele Van Den Noortgate

Professor: Luc Deliens

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2011-2015: Government Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT)

2015-2016: Kom op tegen Kanker