A population-level evaluation of the quality and cost-effectiveness of end-of-life care

Project Details

Description

Care often tends to focus on cure and life-prolonging treatments until the very last stages of life,
even when no longer warranted or beneficial. This 'aggressiveness' of end-of-life care impacts
the quality and costs in the last phase of life. Up to date no robust population-level evaluation of
the quality and costs of end-of-life care exists outside of North America. As collecting
population-level data (across settings and types of care) would be an immense and costly effort,
the challenge lies in making an efficient use of administratively collected data.
Using high quality full-population health care claims and cancer registry data in Belgium we will
address three research aims:
- 1) to develop a comprehensive and valid set of quality indicators of end-of-life care in
cancer, COPD, and dementia and calculate them at a population level
- 2) to map the direct healthcare costs of end-of-life care at a population level in these
illnesses
- 3) to evaluate the influence of primary care and palliative care services on the quality and
costs of end-of-life care
A combination of evidence and stakeholder consensus will be used to develop quality indicators.
Administrative full-population healthcare claims and cancer registry data will be used to calculate
the quality indicators and the costs. A retrospective cohort design with a propensity score
matching method (which is essential in order to compare comparable patients in different settings
of the health care system) will be used to evaluate the influence of primary care and palliative
care.
AcronymFWOAL717
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/1431/12/17

Keywords

  • terminal care
  • Medical Sociology
  • palliative care
  • end of life

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Public health care
  • Applied sociology
  • Sociology of health

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