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Supportive and palliative day care centres in Flanders: added value for users and health economic impact

Mapping whether palliative day care meets clients’ needs and has the potential to be economically viable

Period

05-2018 to 07-2019

Abstract project

Background

Presently there are five palliative day care centres in Flanders (De Kust, Coda, Sint-Camillus, Heidehuis and TOPAZ), with the aim of receiving and caring for people with chronic, life-threatening conditions in a homely surrounding, with a unique care service, where one can also have peer contact with people in similar predicaments. Day care centres remain a marginal service in the Flemish palliative care landscape, yet this service has never been thoroughly evaluated.

Aims

To study the (care) needs of the target groups, i.e. both patients and their informal caregivers, and to what extent these needs are met by palliative day care centres
To study the health economic impact of palliative day care, i.e. whether their use, intensity and/or timing are associated with variation in total health care consumption for patients at the end of life

Methods

The care needs of clients will be studied through a questionnaire survey of all day care centre visitors and their informal caregivers over a period of six months. The health economic impact of day care centres will be analysed through a linked administrative database of health care claims data from 2013 to 2016.

Results

Expected in 2019.

Funding

Kom op tegen Kanker (KOTK)

Project group

Promoter: Kenneth Chambaere 
Project group member: Kim Beernaert
Researcher: Sigrid Dierickx