Pre-congress seminar


EAPC RN & PACE Preconference Seminar, Bern,


Wednesday 23rd May 2018 TIME: 15.00-18.00


Bern, Switzerland (exact venue TBD)

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 Geertje Van Duijnhoven ( (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.


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



Tinne 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
  • 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