Tag Archives: Europe

‘Case stories’ on transnational dying

‘Case Stories’ is an interdisciplinary project on transnational dying. The project aims to better understand the pain of social exclusion, inequality and injustice at the end of life through stories.

Yasmin picThe Case Stories website contains a wealth of information on dying as a migrant, ranging from personal accounts of using palliative care services to artwork and poetry inspired by people’s stories.

The project is the brainchild of Sociologist Yasmin Gunaratnam and supported by a British Academy Fellowship. 

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The 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care

The 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (Oct 3-6, 2013). The conference is aimed at medical professionals and focuses on education initiatives for non-palliative care specialists.

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Research Fellow – University of Sheffield (Public Health)

The University of Sheffield is advertising for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to  work on a EU project on health technology assessment for complex interventions using a specialist palliative care as a case study.

For more information click here.

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

Research Associate – University of Cambridge

The Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge,  is advertising a research position in their End of Life Care Group. Candidates should have experience of qualitative and quantitative research in Health Services and/or End of Life Care.

Application deadline: 15 October 2012

For more information click here.

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.

The art and science of ageing

Population ageing is often discussed in terms societal burden and and the rising cost of health care. This negative dominant discourse is challenged by the ‘Changing Age’ campaign, which aims to ‘bring about a fundamental change in the way society views our ageing population’.

One of the campaign’s initiatives is the “The Coming of Age” exhibition. The exhibition brings together a range of work on the ‘effects, wisdom and achievements of ageing’.

The exhibition can be viewed at GV art, London, until August 18th 2012.