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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

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


03-2011 to 02-2016

Abstract project


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.


2011-2015: Government Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT)
2015-2016: Kom op tegen Kanker 

Project group

Senior researcher: Tinne Smets
Senior researcher: Kim Beernaert
Professor: Joachim Cohen
Professor: Massimo Costantini
Professor: Nele Van Den Noortgate
Professor: Luc Deliens