Guideline-based end-of life and BEreavement SupporT for families in cancer CARE: An implementation research study

Persons with cancer and their families need psychosocial support from cancer care professionals to live with the illness situation, particularly at the end-of-life and in bereavement. However, such best practice guidelines have not yet been consistently adopted in acute and community-based care settings.

The aim of the BEST CARE study is to determine current adoption of end-of-life and bereavement support for families and find the factors which enable or hinder family-focused care at different times in different settings (hospital, at home), both from the point of view of cancer care professionals and family members in Switzerland.

The results of the study will be used to enable improvement in access to and quality of cancer-specific health services to families at the end-of-life and in bereavement.

The study is undertaken by the Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care at the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich. More detailed information on the study can be found here.