Exploring the use of Palliative Sedation – a new European Union funded project

A €4 million project to investigate how best to help patients with distressing symptoms near the end of life will focus on the clinical, ethical, legal and moral aspects of providing deep sedation to dying patients across Europe.

The five year project (2019-2023) called ‘Palliative Sedation’ – The use of proportional palliative sedation for the relief of refractory symptoms” is funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 funding stream and aims to investigate the use of palliative sedation in several European countries. The project will investigate current practices and guidelines, will contain a prospective clinical study about palliative sedation. The project furthermore focuses on the similarities and differences in both the clinical and ethical aspects of practice across Europe and will formulate recommendations for an updated EAPC framework for palliative sedation. An online learning programme is foreseen together with a policy workshop for further development and implementation. Partners are located in Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary, and Romania.