Economic evaluation of a medication management tool and a volunteer training programme in the end-of-life setting: the iLIVE study
The iLIVE project has been developed by researchers and clinicians from 14 participating sites from 13 different countries belonging to the International Collaborative for Best Care for the Dying Person. The project, which is coordinated by Professor Agnes van der Heide (Erasmus University, The Netherlands), aims to develop novel, evidence-based and sustainable interventions, to relieve the symptoms and suffering that occur at end of life for patients with advanced chronic illnesses and their families. It combines 1) an experimental study on medication management to alleviate physical symptoms, 2) a compassion-based volunteer training programme to address psychosocial distress and 3) an observational study to better understand the experience of death and dying. The DHE leads the economic evaluation of the digital medication tool to optimize medication management, and the hospital volunteer training programme (WP4). The overall aim of this work package is to generate insight in the cost-effectiveness of the two interventions. Therefore, strengths, gaps and potential concerns of economic analyses in the palliative and end-of-life care settings are assessed and two economic evaluations of the benefits and cost impacts of the two interventions are tested.
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