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Vacancy: full time early stage or junior researcher for research on palliative care in dementia (Belgium)

European Research Project EURO IMPACT  “European Intersectorial and Multi-disciplinary Palliative Care Research Training” (EU 7th Framework Programme) is looking for a full time early stage or junior researcher (m/f) for research on palliative care in dementia (Belgium)

EURO IMPACT aims to develop a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional and intersectorial educational and research training framework in Europe, aimed at monitoring and improving the quality of palliative care in Europe. The consortium of EURO IMPACT involves 11 partners from 6 European countries, representing a number of disciplines and professions, and trains 12 early stage researchers and 4 experienced researchers in scientific and complementary skills. The End-of-Life Care Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium, directed by Prof. dr. Luc Deliens, coordinates the project. Project website: www.euro-impact.eu

General Job Description• conducting research in the field of palliative care for people with dementia and this in a European context • writing papers for peer reviewed journals • making a doctoral dissertation • working with existing databases and/or within existing European research projects • collaborating with other researchers across Europe

Research project: • Provision of high quality palliative care for people with dementia is a major challenge for future health care • Aim of this project is to describe and compare quality of palliative care for patients with dementia in different European countries • Different aspects of quality of care will be studied eg communication, end-of-life decision-making, advance care planning, use and accessibility of palliative care, aggressiveness of care and treatments received at the end of life, and quality of dying, using a number of retrospective and prospective data that have been or are being gathered across Europe

Condition of mobility• You should be prepared to be based in Belgium • You cannot have resided/worked in Belgium for more than 12 months over the past 3 years

General Job Profile and required Skills • MSc or MA in psychology, sociology, health sciences, medicine, nursing, anthropology, philosophy, epidemiology or other related discipline or an equivalent degree which formally entitles someone to embark on a doctorate • less than 4 years of full-time research experience • fluent in written and oral English • team player • able to work independently • basic computer skills • research knowledge and skills • commitment to palliative care

Work site: •Vrije Universiteit Brussel, End-of-Life Care Research Group, Brussels, Belgium

What we offer• full time research position for 3 years in Belgium, starting as soon as possible • a research training programme (on-the-job training, structured training courses, networkwide training) provided by institutes at the forefront of palliative care research, focusing on scientific and complementary skills training such as societal dissemination to a wider international audience • monthly salary with full social security coverage  • during 16 months you receive additional monthly mobility allowances (ie €500/month) and annual travel allowances • Also included is a €2000 career exploratory allowance and a training and research budget.

Interested? •Please send your curriculum vitae including (1) research experience and duration; (2) academic and professional qualifications and grades; (3) country of current residence and experience/stays abroad to Prof. dr. Lieve Van den Block, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, End-of-Life Care Research Group: lvdblock@vub.ac.be

More information? •Prof Lieve Van den Block • lvdblock@vub.ac.be • Tel +32 474 78 18 72 • www.euro-impact.eu

Deadline: Dec 10th 2012

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Culture Is a Priority for Research in End-of-Life Care in Europe: A Research Agenda

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management has published the PRISMA project’s research agenda for culture and end-of-life care as a special article.

The abstract can be found below and the full article can be accessed here.

Abstract

Context

Culture has a profound influence on our understanding of what is appropriate care for patients at the end of life (EoL), but the evidence base is largely nonexistent.

Objectives

An international workshop was organized to compile a research agenda for cultural issues in EoL research, and assess challenges and implications of the integration of the culture concept in different contexts.

Methods

Participant experts were identified from the expert network established through an Internet-based call for expertise on culture and EoL care and from meetings. The workshop comprised presentations of research priorities from country and disciplinary perspectives, and group discussions. Analysis used all data gathered in the workshop and applied standard qualitative techniques.

Results

Thirty experts participated in the workshop and identified the following priorities for cross-cultural research: 1) clarifying the concepts of culture and cultural competence; 2) defining EoL in a context of social and cultural diversity, with a focus on concepts of EoL care and bioethics, experiences of receiving and giving EoL care, and care practices in different settings; and 3) developing appropriate methodologies and outcome measurements that address diversity.

Conclusion

This first pan-European meeting compiled a research agenda, identifying key areas for future research focusing on culture, diversity, and their operationalization. This requires international and multidisciplinary collaboration, which is necessary in the current efforts to synthesize best practices in EoL care.

Culture and End of Life Care: A Scoping Exercise in Seven European Countries

A recently published article from the PRISMA project provides a general overview of cultural issues in end of life care in seven European countries.

The abstract can be found below or the full article can be accessed here.

Aim

Culture is becoming increasingly important in relation to end of life (EoL) care in a context of globalization, migration and European integration. We explore and compare socio-cultural issues that shape EoL care in seven European countries and critically appraise the existing research evidence on cultural issues in EoL care generated in the different countries.

Methods

We scoped the literature for Germany, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Portugal, carrying out electronic searches in 16 international and country-specific databases and handsearches in 17 journals, bibliographies of relevant papers and webpages. We analysed the literature which was unearthed, in its entirety and by type (reviews, original studies, opinion pieces) and conducted quantitative analyses for each country and across countries. Qualitative techniques generated themes and sub-themes.

Results

A total of 868 papers were reviewed. The following themes facilitated cross-country comparison: setting, caregivers, communication, medical EoL decisions, minority ethnic groups, and knowledge, attitudes and values of death and care. The frequencies of themes varied considerably between countries. Sub-themes reflected issues characteristic for specific countries (e.g. culture-specific disclosure in the southern European countries). The work from the seven European countries concentrates on cultural traditions and identities, and there was almost no evidence on ethnic minorities.

Conclusion

This scoping review is the first comparative exploration of the cultural differences in the understanding of EoL care in these countries. The diverse body of evidence that was identified on socio-cultural issues in EoL care, reflects clearly distinguishable national cultures of EoL care, with differences in meaning, priorities, and expertise in each country. The diverse ways that EoL care is understood and practised forms a necessary part of what constitutes best evidence for the improvement of EoL care in the future.

EuroImpact – Experienced Researcher (4 positions)

EuroImpact is a multi-disciplinary educational programme aimed at monitoring and improving palliative care in Europe.

EuroImpact is recruiting four experienced researchers to be based in London, Lancaster, Amsterdam and Brussels.

Description of individual research projects and institutes

Researcher 1 together with researcher 2: Developing a handbook on palliative care for older people

Researcher 1:

Work site: The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, End-of-Life Care Research Group, Brussels, Belgium for 2 years (and expected to travel to Switzerland for 3 months).

Deadline for application: March 15 2012 (provisional)

Starting date: from June 1 2012 (negotiable)

Researcher 2:

Work site: VU University Medical Center and EMGO Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for 1.5 years (and expected to travel to Belgium for 3 months)

Deadline for application: June 1 2012 (provisional)

Starting date: from Dec 1 2012 (negotiable)

Research project: Aim is to develop a handbook on palliative care for older people using the scientific output of the different PhD students already working in the project and working together with expert institutes conducting research in this field. An international editorial board will be set up reflecting the different important disciplines involved in palliative care for older people.

Other key activities include: to undertake research in the field of palliative and end-of-life care in a European context, to prepare reports and scientific publications, to assist in the dissemination of results, and to represent the project and department and to attend and provide research training specific to the project.

Contact persons:

Researcher 1 (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium):

Prof dr Lieve Van den Block – Tel +32 474 78 18 72 – Email: lvdblock@vub.ac.be

Researcher 2 (VU University Medical Center and EMGO Institute, the Netherlands):

Prof dr Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen – Tel +31 204 44 83 85 – Email: b.philipsen@vumc.nl

Researcher 3: Developing a guideline on symptom assessment and clinical applicability of computer symptom assessment

Work site: King’s College London, London, Cicely Saunders Institute, London, UK (www.csi.kcl.ac.uk) for 1.5 years (and expected to travel to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Pain and Palliation Research Group, Trondheim, Norway, for 3 months)

Deadline for application: March 15 2012 (provisional)

Starting date: from June 1 2012 (negotiable)

Research project: Aim is to develop an evidence based guideline on the clinical applicability of symptom assessment using the scientific output of the different PhD students already working in the project together with conducting original research, and working with experts in this field. Guideline development will follow standard methods, and involved the other organizations in EUROIMPACT.

Other key activities include: to undertake research in the field of palliative and end-of-life care in a European context, to prepare reports and scientific publications, to assist in the dissemination of results, and to represent the project and department and to attend and provide research training specific to the project.

Contact persons:

Prof dr Irene Higginson – Tel  + 44 207 848 5516 – Email irene.higginson@kcl.ac.uk / palliativecare@kcl.ac.uk

Dr Richard Harding – Tel +44 207 848 8184 – Email richard.harding@kcl.ac.uk

Mrs Lucy Bradley – Tel + 44 207 848 5518 – Email lucy.bradley@kcl.ac.uk

Researcher 4: Developing a guideline on palliative sedation

Work site: Lancaster University, International Observatory on End-of-Life Care, Lancaster, UK for 1.5 years (and expected to travel to the VU University Medical Center and EMGO Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for 3 months)

Deadline for application: January 31 2012

Starting date: from June 1 2012

Research project: Aim is to evaluate the practice of palliative sedation until death, also called terminal sedation when food and fluid are forgone, in different European countries. Recent studies have shown that the prevalence of this end-of-life decision has grown substantially in the past decades, in contrast to the empirical information about it. Research into how, why, where and by whom it is practiced is high on the agenda of palliative care research. The researcher will use several retrospective and prospective quantitative and qualitative data sets that have been or are being gathered across Europe eg. questionnaires and interviews with physicians and nurses, studies in the nursing home setting.

Other key activities include: to undertake research in the field of palliative and end-of-life care in a European context, to prepare reports and scientific publications, to assist in the dissemination of results, and to represent the project and department and to attend and provide research training specific to the project.

For more information, please visit the University’s eRecruitment site

Contact persons:

Prof dr Sheila Payne – Tel +44 1524 593701 – Email: s.a.payne@lancaster.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Brearley – Tel + 44 1524 592574 – Email: sarah.brearley@lancaster.ac.uk

For further details click here

12th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (Lisbon, May 18 – 21)

You may be interested to know that our team has been awarded a number of oral and poster presentations at the 12th Congress of  the EAPC, to be held in Lisbon.

The following oral presentations will be held on 19.05.2011 at 16:30-18:00 in the ‘Ethics II’ session:

Culture, Country and End-of-Life Care. Similarities and Differences between Italy, Spain and Portugal

A. Menaca, Barcelona, CRESIB

Cultural Context of End-of-Life Care: A Scoping Exercise of the Belgian Literature

EVW Andrew, Barcelona, CRESIB

Physician Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia and Palliative Sedation: Attitudes and Incidence in Germany

N. Evans, Barcelona, CRESIB

In addition, the following poster presentations can be viewed during the congress:

Medical End-of-Life Decisions in Belgium: A Review of the Literature

EVW Andrew, Barcelona, CRESIB

A Critical Review of Advance Directives in Germany: Attitudes, Use and Physician Compliance

N. Evans, Barcelona, CRESIB

Systematic Review of Reviews of End-of-Life Care for Minority Ethnic Groups in the UK and a Critical Comparison with Policy Recommendations from the UK End-of-Life Care Strategy

N. Evans, Barcelona, CRESIB

We hope to see you in Lisbon!

Powerpoint Presentations

In response to popular demand we have uploaded the presentations made by both members of our team and external experts at various conferences.

International Meeting on Culture and End of Life Care
Vic, Spain, 17-18 May 2010

17th May

WP1 Work

Culture and end of life care

Key cultural issues in end-of-life care in three Mediterranean countries

Cultural Competency Models

Culture in Different Settings

Culture in Different Settings: Priorities from a UK perspective

Culture in different settings: Priorities from a Belgian perspective

Culture in different setting: Priorities from a Norway perspective

18th May

Spirituality in End of Life Care

Spirituality in End of Life Care

Conscientious objections: a neglected topic in culture and end end-of of-life care

Dignity

Dignity for the frail old

End of Life Decision Making

End-of-life decisions in Belgium: Attitudes and practices

Practices and attitudes regarding end-of-life decisions in Spain

Communication

End of life Cultural, Social, Ethical, Legal perspectives

Telling the truth or conserving hope? An Italian deep-rooted contradiction

Cultural Competency and Minority Ethnic Groups

Cultural Vulnerability, Care and Ethics

Cultural competence and communication in palliative care for Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands

11th Congress of the EAPC
Vienna, Austria, 7-10 May 2009

A call for expertise for the development of a European network of experts on culture and end of life care

Making Culture Relevant to End End-of of-Life Practice: An Overview of Approaches to Cultural Competency

What does culture mean? An analysis of the role of culture in Spanish end- of-life care literature

Some Critical Comments on “Culture” and “Competence”