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Transitions in Palliative Care (TransPaC) -
Comparison of pathways in two different hospital settings

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Short description

Palliative care (PC) requires an integrated, continuous care pathway. treatment continuity is compromised, as is the patients’ trust in the healthcare professionals (HCP) involved. TransPaC will explore transitions in PC from the perspectives of HCP, patients and caregivers by comparing two different types of hospital settings (Bonn and Augsburg), and their corresponding networks.

TransPaC in Augsburg            

Project management       
Prof. Dr. Werner Schneider
Center for Interdisciplinary Health Research (ZIG)
Project coordination

Dr. Julia von Hayek
Scientific Research Manager, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Research (ZIG)

Involved scientist Dr. Sarah Peuten
Cooperation partners

Prof. Dr. Jens Brunner
UNIKA-T, University Center for Health Sciences at Klinikum Augsburg

Dr. Irmtraud Hainsch-Müller
Dr. Christoph Aulmann
Interdiscilinary Center fpr Palliative Care (IZPV), at Klinikum Augsburg

Dr. Dr. Eckhard Eichner
Augsburger Hospiz- und Palliativversorgung e.V. (AHPV)

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TransPaC in Bonn

Project management      

Prof. Dr. Lukas Radbruch
Department of Palliative Medicine, University Hospital Bonn

Project coordination 
Dr. Birgit Jaspers
Department of Palliative Medicine, University Hospital Bonn
Involved scientist Dr. Gülay Ates
Department of Palliative Medicine, University Hospital Bonn
Cooperation partners

Prof. Dr. Klaus Weckbecker
Institute of Family Medicine, Uiversity Hospital Bonn

Martina Kern
Ansprechstelle im Land NRW zur Palliativversorgung, Hospizarbeit und Angehörigenbegleitung (ALPHA)

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General project information

Promotion Federal Ministry of Education and Research 
Operational time     
01.06.2017 to 30.04.2020

Project aims

TransPaC investigates (1) where and how frequent transitions are between levels of care or sectors in palliative care, (2) which gaps are identified in these transitions and (3) how these problems can be solved.

Working plan

The project is divided into four research phases.

In phase 1 transitions will be identified in a retrospective analysis of patient charts; gaps in transitions explored in expert interviews with leading HCP at Bonn and Augsburg (10 each).

Phase 2 will explore the transition management from different perspectives using focus groups with HCP (i.e. physicians, nurses, in-/outpatient PC teams, volunteers; 6 focus groups à 5 participants=30 persons/each) and semi-structured interviews with patients and caregivers (60 each).

Phase 3 collects quantitative and qualitative data from patients and caregivers in a prospective cohort analysis.

In phase 4 a workshop will be used to develop a coherent transition management concept.

Utilization of results


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