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GBA healthcare research - Palli-MONITOR - Palliative needs in the SOPV: Monitoring using the digital Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale (IPOS)

  • Project Leader: Prof. Dr. Claudia Bausewein
  • Affiliation: Department of Palliative Medicine
  • Funding: 2018 to 2022

The Specialized Outpatient Palliative Care (SOPV) regulates the entitlement of seriously ill and dying people to suffering-reducing (palliative) care in the domestic or family environment. The number of services provided by the SOPV increases every year. The needs of palliative care patients and their relatives have not yet been systematically recorded.

The Palli-MONITOR project is further developing the internet-based monitoring system CANKADO for the palliative sector. Patients and their relatives can use the smartphone, tablet or computer to convey their palliative medical needs to the care team. The system queries physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects on a weekly basis. In this way, the SOPV team can recognize palliative problems earlier and treat them as needed and in a resource-saving manner. Together with forty medical and nursing experts, Palli-MONITOR develops effective treatment recommendations. The SOPV teams are trained to interpret the results of the online monitoring and to look after the patients accordingly. In interviews and discussion groups with patients, nurses and doctors, Palli-MONITOR determines the acceptance and feasibility of digital monitoring. An observational study with 50 patients will compare the success of digital monitoring with needs assessment in the paper version.

The project is funded for three years with a total of around one million euros.

With successful implementation and acceptance by patients and professional staff, Palli-MONITOR can improve the quality of care. In addition, the internet-based monitoring enables continuous measurement of the quality of care. It is possible to transfer digital monitoring to other teams who provide palliative care to patients.

Source: GBA Innovationsfonds