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Primary and interdisciplinary care Antwerp (ELIZA)

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Recent research activities are focused at: - research of medical education (examination bench marking, shared expertise) - palliative care - importance of early palliative care in people suffering from non-oncology conditions - surprise question - PICT - palliative care in vulnerable people - guideline development - communication: 'oncotalk' importance of an interpreter during oncology consultations - quality improvement in the chronic primary care field mainly focused on chronic care delivery (multi morbidity and polypharamcy, i.e. in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus) and palliative care

An international academic Family Medicine Network on interprofessional collaboration. 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

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The aim of the project is to create an international platform for the participating universities to exchange case-driven experiences and proven solutions at two levels: 1. train FM/PHC professionals in the competencies of interprofessional team working in the participating countries by exchanging working experiences via an interactive web-based platform and 2. increase knowledge, skills and expertise about early recognition and self-management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) through interprofessional learning at community health centres (CHCs) and private clinics (PCs) in urban and rural areas. Though the focus of the case-based experiences will be on T2DM early detection and self-management, the main purpose of this project will be on exchanging needs and experiences for working interprofessionally by the participating academic centres via a web-based platform. There will be a yearly live meeting and regular (bimonthly) webinars or digital meetings (zoom, skype, …) of the leading teams in the different countries, and monthly meetings of the national network of (urban, rural, remote,…) participating CHCs and private clinics within each country.

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Oncotolk. An explorative study on communication problems in interpreter-mediated consultations with migrant oncology patients. 01/10/2018 - 30/09/2022

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The ultimate goal of this project is to optimize the provision of care for migrant cancer patients and thier families who need to rely on interpreters. We will do so by creating the conditions that enable both patients and their next of kin to better understand the information provided to them in orde for them to be able to be involved in the process of shared decision making. This means that we aim to improve: - the interaction beween patients, their next of kin, interpreters and doctors during interpreter mediated consultations - the interaction between doctors and interpreters during collaboration by offering to all of them evidence-based recommendations on how to interact with each other during the interpreter mediated consultation. It should be clarified at this stage that in this study, we perceive patients and family members attending the consultation as a single recipient of the doctor's communication. Therefore, in this study, we also include family members whose behaviour during the consultation and understanding after the consultation will be investigated next to the patients' own behaviour and understanding.

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Elaboration of the clinical practice guideline on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus 16/03/2020 - 31/12/2020

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)The existing T2DM guideline should be updated. the work is split and divided between different working groups. 1. tracing and tackling people at high risk (pre-diabetes, including follow-up of gestational diabetes; 2. non-drug treatment of T2DM 3. drug treatment of T2DM

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"Inclusive Palliative Care": a project aiming optimal palliative care for benefit of people with physical or mental disabilities. 17/07/2018 - 15/06/2019

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This small project aims to examine if disabled people die a "good death". This objective only is possible on condition that a professional framework on care for these vulnerable people exists. However, it seems that care professionals need a lot of support and guidance in the palliative care provision to this specific desired population. Besides assessment of the dying quality, specific needs will be inquired by qualitative research methodology where after specific tools will be suggested and evaluated aiming to achieve the proposed goals.

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(F)utile care at the end of life 01/08/2016 - 01/05/2017

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The aim of this study is to investigate opinions of Belgian patients, relatives, spiritual counsellors and health care professionals on what they consider '(in)appropriate care' at the end of life and how futile/inappropriate care can be avoided.

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Implementation palliative care pathway. 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2016

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other RIZIV. UA provides RIZIV research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Active ageing with type 2 diabetes as model for the development and implementation of innovative chronic care management in Europe (MANAGE-CARE). 01/05/2013 - 31/05/2016

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The project aims to prevent costly complications and frailty in elderly with type 2 diabetes, enabling them to live independent, healthy and active lives as long as possible. This will be achieved by driving innovation and change in the current treatment approach, shifting from diabetes management to chronic care management. A roadmap for implementation of the model will be developed, providing, also guidelines for development of chronic care model in a broader context.

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Implementation palliative care pathway. 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other RIZIV. UA provides RIZIV research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Translational Research and Patient Safety in Europe (TRANSFoRm). 01/03/2010 - 30/11/2015

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TRANSFoRm will develop rigorous, generic methods for the integration of Primary Care clinical and research activities, to support patient safety and clinical research via: - rich capture of clinical data, including symptoms and signs rather than just a clinical diagnosis. A generic, dynamic interface, with potential to operate with any electronic health record (eHR), will facilitatie both diagnostic decision support and identification of patients eligible for research, thus enhancing patient safety - distributed interoperability of eHR data and other data sources that maintains provenance, confidentiality and security. This will enable large-scale phenoptype-genotype association studies and follow-up of trials. - software tools and services to enable use of controlled vocabulary and standardised data elements in clinical research. This will enable integration and reuse of clinical data. The scientific aims of this project are to radically advance our understanding of ICT system interoperability relevant to healthcare and clinical research and to develop an EU-wide system capable of integrating Primary Care electronic health record systems and research systems.

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