Academic Medical Center
PaTz Palliative Homecare
Inspired by the Gold Standards Framework from the UK, this is a grassroots initiative in Amsterdam started in 2010: the PaTz project. Four groups of general practitioners and community nurses were formed and followed in a pilot study. Evidence from this pilot study indicated that the participants were very positive about working together in a PaTz group.
They stated that their cooperation was improved and that they were making more advanced care plans. Moreover, there were positive effects on patient level, such as a decrease in hospital admissions in the last month of life.
Currently, there are over 160 PaTz groups, spread out over the Netherlands.
Identification of patients in need of palliative care at home to start with advanced care planning