Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) | EAPC Blog
Research only makes an impact to benefit people if it is implemented, warns Professor Sheila Payne, Emeritus Professor, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK. Here, she explains how the findings of the European-funded PACE project have been adapted to a programme to improve palliative care in care homes and reinforced by a free online course.
The aim of our online educational programme (MOOC) is to help people across the world to develop and refine palliative care offered in nursing and care homes for older people. It is based on the outcomes of a large international European Commission funded project called PACE (Palliative Care for Older People). During the study, the Lancaster University team designed and adapted to a European context a six-step programme to enable staff in care homes to increase their knowledge of palliative care and to implement change. This intervention was tested in a cluster randomised control trial in nursing homes in seven European countries. However, research only makes an impact to benefit people – if it is implemented.