Pre-congress seminar


EAPC RN & PACE Preconference Seminar, Bern,


Wednesday 23rd May 2018 TIME: 14.30-18.45


Inselspital Bern
Murtenstrasse 31 (entrance Nr. 43)
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Research in Palliative Care for Older People: Overcoming methodological research challenges


  • Discussing state-of-the-art research methods in palliative care for older people in a range of settings
  • Bring together junior and postdoc researchers with international experts
  • Discuss research protocols and methodological challenges and solutions for grant application, study design, data collection, data analyses, reporting, etc.

Target Audience

  • Junior and postdoc researchers who are doing or aiming to do palliative care research in older people (in nursing homes, hospital settings and in the community)
  • Researchers attending the EAPC RN World Research Congress in Bern
  • Any healthcare professional with an interest in research in palliative care for older people


  • Registration fee €20
  • Registration is included in the registration form for the research congress. Should you want to register to the seminar without attending the EAPC congress, contact Yuliana Gatsolaeva ( (link sends e-mail))

Format and timing

The program will consist of a mix of invited lectures and sessions based on submitted abstracts. There will also be a poster exhibition throughout the seminar.

Download complete programme for the pre-seminar.

TIME Content/Title Presenter (country)
Chairs of the event: Luc Deliens (EAPC RN) & Lieve Van den Block (PACE)
14.30 Registration


15.00 Welcome and introduction Luc Deliens (BE)
15.05-16.00 Plenary session


Theory based development and evaluation of complex interventions in older people


Complexities in multi-country trials in older people



Claire Goodman (UK)


Tinne Smets (BE)

16.00-16.20 Coffee break
16.20-17.20 Parallel Session 1

Chairs: Lara Pivodic (BE), Danni Collingridge Moore (UK)


Studying complex interventions

(4 presentations & discussions)





·         Frank Manase (TZ)

·         Naomi Dhollander (BE)

·         Kim de Nooijer (BE)

·         Mariska Oosterveld-Vlug (NL)


TIME Content/Title ·         Presenter (country)
16.20-17.20 Parallel Session 2

Chairs: Roeline Pasman (NL), Marika Kylänen (FI)


Qualitative and participatory approaches to research

(4 presentations & discussions)


·         Natashe Lemos Dekker (NL)

·         Lotje Bagchus (NL)

·         Liesbeth Van Humbeeck (BE)

·         Gabriela Rauber (CH)

16.20-17.20 Parallel Session 3

Chairs:  Jenny van der Steen (NL), Massimo Costantini (IT)


Challenges in studying tools and care pathways

(4      presentations & discussions)



·         Francesco Matozzo (IT)

·         Jo Hockley (UK)

·         Francesca Bosisio (CH)

·         Isabelle Flierman (NL)

17.30 Guided Poster Walk

Chairs: Luc Deliens (BE),

Mariska Oosterveld-Vlug (NL)


·         Paula Andreasen (FI)

·         Marie Lynch (IE)

·         Danni Collingridge Moore (UK)

·         Laura Jones (CH)

·         Barbara H Walker (US)

·         Cledy Eliana dos Santos (BR)

·         Michael A. Echteld (NL)

18.00 Plenary session

Good practices to evaluate complex interventions in end-of-life and palliative care: Morecare




Irene Higginson (UK)

18.30 Closing remarks Lieve Van den Block (BE)

Organizing committee:

  • PACE: Lieve Van den Block
  • EAPC RN: Luc Deliens and Ragnhild Green Helgas
  • Local organising committee: Steffen Eychmueller, Stephan Knuesli