Implementation and evaluation of a Navigation Intervention for People with Cancer in Old Age and their Family Caregivers: an international pragmatic randomized controlled trial

01 September 2022 → 31 August 2027
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Sociology of health
Other information
Project description

Delivering high-quality, equitable and cost-effective care to millions of older people with cancer and their frequently overburdened family caregivers is particularly important for healthcare and economy. The EU-funded NAVIGATE project aims to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an innovative navigation intervention in more than 530 patients with cancer aged 70 years and older and their family caregivers in different healthcare systems in Europe. The intervention is based on a successfully-tested Canadian volunteer navigation programme that supports people with declining health and their families to improve their quality of life and well-being, foster empowerment, and facilitate timely and equitable access to health and social care services and resources.

Role of Ghent University
The Department of Public Health and Primary Care (End of Life Care Research Group) is involved as consortium partner, and will be responsible for Work Package 2: Standardization, adaptation and feasibility testing of NavCare-EU. Specific objectives are: To prepare a standardized NavCare-EU intervention for all countries through: 1. Translations, cross-country adaptation and standardization of the Nav-Care© intervention toolkit (i.e. its blended training and implementation manuals and tools) through user and stakeholder involvement; 2. Feasibility and pilot testing of the intervention toolkit with users and stakeholders in each country; 3. Ensuring adaptations do not compromise the functional integrity of the intervention as a whole i.e. the extent to which the core functions and processes (core components) of the evidence-informed intervention are maintained; 4. International blended training development using train the trainer approach; 5. Website development for blended training and implementation manuals and tools.
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