Nomination 'Desired care during the last phase of life' for Value Based Health Care Prize 2017

24 March 2017

The VBHC Prize rewards those projects that have adopted a fundamentally new line of thinking in creating excellent patient value in terms of real outcomes, real connections, and one common language. Each year, one excellent initiative is awarded the VBHC Prize, a prestigious award that boosts this initiative in many ways. The VBHC Prize winner will be selected by a renowned jury, and awarded by honorary chairman Harvard professor Michael Porter.

'Desired care during the last phase of life' nominated

Palliative care potentially improves the patient’s quality of (end of) life and dying. However, in most countries palliative care is still considered to be suboptimal due to issues such as late identification of the palliative phase, moderate symptom control, and insufficient awareness and communication about patient needs and wishes. This results in a suboptimal quality of end of life care, low quality of dying, overburdened spouses, and both overuse and misuse of healthcare.

In the southern part of the Netherlands, since December 2015 we have been implementing and pilot testing a pro-active, multidisciplinary transmural Palliative Care Pathway (called “Desired care in the last phase of life’’) with the objective to overcome the aforementioned issues. Read more >

May 11, 2017, the winner of the Value Based Health Care prize 2017 will be announced.