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Collaboration and coordination regarding palliative care in Switzerland

NRP 74 Smarter Health Care

There is limited knowledge about the workings of Swiss palliative care networks. This study aims to establish an overview of the implementation models and guidelines for collaboration and coordination amongst service providers in the field of palliative care.

Palliative care networks are based on the interplay of a number of mutually independent entities in the healthcare sector. Collaboration and coordination within these networks have yet to be studied in Switzerland. Detailed knowledge of effective models in this field is required to facilitate access to palliative solutions for everyone and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.

The study aims to analyze collaboration and coordination amongst service providers within primary palliative care sector, as well as between primary and specialized care. Successful forms of local/regional care and the associated prerequisites will also be identified, as well as their effects on patients.

The study provides guidelines for collaboration and coordination in the field of primary palliative care. It formulates standards for palliative care networks at a regional level and identifies successful models of care. The results will help decision-makers in the Swiss healthcare system to optimize palliative care provision.

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Project Dates

Lead and Team
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Liebig, Reka Schweighoffer, Eveline Degen, Emily Reeves
Swiss National Science Foundation (NRP 74 Smarter Health Care;
1 June 2017 – 30 November 2019

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