Almost 400.000 euro ZonMw grant for research about appropriate care in the last phase of life involving nurses in shared decision making
As a nurse, how can you contribute substantially to appropriate care to patients in the last phase of life? Appropriate care follows the patient’s wishes and care needs, without causing extra suffering. To realize this, shared decision making by patients, relatives and health care professionals about continuing or stopping treatment is of utmost importance. One group of professionals in this process are nurses: they can provide relevant information due to their frequent contact with patients and relatives. However, there has not been given enough emphasis to the role of nurses in appropriate care up till now. With a grant from ZonMw in the program Palliantie, we will develop a tool to provide appropriate care to patients in a hospital setting in the last phase of life , by including all stakeholders, in particular nurses, in the decision making process. The three-year project, entitled “Appropriate care in the last phase of life by involving nurses in shared decision making” starts in 2018 in VUmc, Red Cross Hospital and Spaarne Hospital.