In Switzerland today, around 90% of deaths occur, not suddenly, but after a period of illness and nursing care. Convinced that high-quality research leads to better clinical practice, the SAMS launched the funding programme «Research in Palliative Care 2014 – 2018». This page provides an overview of projects, results and challenges for the future.
CHF 4.4 million were made available by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation, through five calls, to support 34 research projects and to award 4 fellowships for an education and research stay abroad. The last call for proposals took place in 2018, with grants running until 2022.
The final report published mid-2020 illustrates where the funds were invested, presents selected projects and outlines what is needed to establish research in palliative care in Switzerland on a sustainable basis.
Downloads and links
You will find an overview of all program grantees in the synopsis below. Details concerning the research areas supported, the evaluation procedure and the evaluation criteria can be found in the program regulations.
Expert Committee (in German)
To conclude the program, the SAMS, in partnership with palliative ch, held a full-day symposium in Bern on Thursday, 21 November 2019. The presentations and posters reflected the diversity of the supported projects (methods, settings, etc.) as well as interdisciplinarity and interprofessionality. More than 120 participants from all over Switzerland gained insight into the results of the projects and learned which factors promote or hinder knowledge transfer from research to practice.
In order to establish palliative care research in Switzerland on the long term, what is required are stable structures which enable constant research work, with appropriate support and funding instruments as well as defined career paths. A «Manifesto for sustainable research in palliative care and end of life care in Switzerland» was presented at the symposium. It summarises in eight objectives how the necessary structures could be created.
The SAMS will continue to report occasionally on the developments in this still young discipline after the end of its funding programme.
Manifesto, programme and presentations
Dr. Myriam Tapernoux, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences
Dr. Sarah Ziegler, Universität Zürich
Prof. Bernice Elger, Universität Basel / Université de Genève
PD Dr. Mathieu Bernard, Université de Lausanne
Prof. Steffen Eychmüller, Universitätsspital Bern
Prof. Markus Zimmermann, Universität Freiburg
Dr. Manya Hendriks, Universität Zürich / Dr. Karin Zimmermann, Universitäts-Kinderspital Zürich
Prof. Ralf Jox, Université de Lausanne / Prof. Tanja Krones, Universität Zürich
Prof. Isabelle Noth, Universität Bern / Dr. Raphael Rauch, Universität Zürich
PD Dr. Manuel Trachsel, Universität Zürich
Prof. Sophie Pautex, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
Prof. André Fringer, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Dr. Claudia Gamondi, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale di Ticino / Université de Lausanne
Prof. Corina Caduff, Hochschule der Künste Bern