Pre-congress seminar


EAPC RN & PACE Preconference Seminar, Bern,


Wednesday 23rd May 2018 TIME: 15.00-18.00


Bern, Switzerland (exact venue TBD)


25 February 2018

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

Abstract submission:

Abstracts can be submitted in the form of short research protocols of maximum 2 pages long (point size 12, single spaced) and should address methodological issues, challenges and/or solutions related to

  • ongoing or finalised studies
  • new research protocols or proposals

Abstracts can concern all types of research including public health, interventional or implementation studies, in the field of palliative care for older people (any setting).

Methodological issues addressed can relate to all aspects of research e.g. grant application, study design, data collection data analysis, ethics, reporting etc.


Feel free to indicate in your submitted abstract if you want to discuss something in particular. Participation at the pre-conference seminar presupposes presentation of project in groups (in English). Seniors will provide feedback and facilitate a discussion.


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.


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 (EAPC RN)
15.05-16.00 Plenary session


Complexities in multi-country trials in older people

Theory based development and evaluation of complex interventions in older people



Tine Smets (BE)


Claire Goodman (UK)


16.00-16.20 Coffee break
16.20-17.20 Parallel Session 1

Theme tbd based on submitted abstracts

4 time slots (presentation & discussion)

16.20-17.20 Parallel Session 2

Theme tbd based on submitted abstracts

 4 time slots (presentation & discussion)

16.20-17.20 Parallel Session 3

Theme tbd based on submitted abstracts

4 time slots (presentation & discussion)

17.30 Plenary session

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


Irene Higginson (UK) TBC

17.55 Closing remarks Lieve Van den Block (PACE)


Organizing committee:

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

The following experts will attend the seminar (some names to be confirmed):

  • Lieve Van den Block
  • Luc Deliens
  • Sheila Payne
  • Katherine Froggatt
  • Sophie Pautex
  • Deborah Parker
  • Sean Morrison
  • Michael Boyd
  • Lyn Silove
  • Katherina Heimeri
  • Sharon Kasseleinen
  • Rafael Montoya Juarez
  • Bettina Sandgathe-Husebo
  • Andrea Koppitz
  • Phil Larkin