EAPC Taskforce: Mapping palliative care systems in long term care facilities in Europe

Building upon the EAPC Taskforce 'Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Settings for Older People' completed in 2012, details of which you will find below, a new Taskforce has been established under the auspices of an EUFP7 research programme: "Comparing the effectiveness of palliative care for elderly people in long term care facilities in Europe" (PACE). The aim is to consider and classify models of palliative care provision in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) across 28 western, central and eastern European countries. A documentary review and country survey working with identified leads in each country will be undertaken.


To map and classify different structures, organizational models, and policies related to palliative care provision in long term care facilities in Europe.


  • To map the numbers, nature and types of LTCFs
  • To identify the proportion of deaths in LTCFs
  • To describe the funding and regulatory context for LTCFs
  • To describe existing formal palliative care structures or services, organizations and policies at local, regional, national or international level and their development in LTCFs
  • To collate examples of current palliative care practices and innovative approaches and their evidence base

The Taskforce is led by Katherine Froggatt (Lancaster University) and Lieve Van den Block (VUB Brussels)

For more information, please contact Katherine Froggatt.

Previous taskforce (completed 2012):
European Association of Palliative Care Taskforce on Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Settings for Older People

With an ageing population across Europe, older people’s needs of for care and support are increasing in amount and complexity. For some older people changes in physical, psychological and/or social circumstances will require a move into a long term care facility as they can no longer be supported to live in their own homes. These older people will go on to require palliative and end of life care within these facilities, supported by staff working within and external to the organisation. The development of palliative care within the setting has received increased attention and many initiatives and interventions are being developed and implemented to promote quality palliative care provision by staff working in the settings, and joint working with external staff. There is much to learn by identifying and sharing examples of such initiatives across different countries.

A European Association of Palliative Care Taskforce on Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Settings for Older People was established – to undertake the first European wide review of these issues.

The Taskforce had the following aim and objectives:


To identify and map the different ways of developing palliative care in long term care settings across Europe.


  • To define long term care settings for older people and the nature of palliative care in these settings
  • To identify practice development initiatives being undertaken to develop the provision of palliative care in long term care settings for older people
  • To map palliative care initiatives across different countries
  • To create a compendium of good practice interventions.

 A copy of the compendium of current initiatives can be viewed or downloaded by clicking the relevant link on the right of this page. Presented in the compendium is a table listing all initiatives submitted to the Taskforce.

Initiatives can be identified by country: 

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Katherine Froggatt (Lancaster University, UK) and Elisabeth Reitinger (University Klagenfurt, Austria)

For more information about this Taskforce, visit the dedicated EAPC web page.