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10. 5. 2016
Dr Sean Morrison in Prague

We are excited to announce that Dr Sean Morrison from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, USA) and National Palliative Care Research Center will give his lecture "Transforming Care for the Seriously Ill: The Role of Modern Palliative Care" in Prague on 2 June at 4pm. The lecture will take place in Karolinum under the auspices of the rector of Charles University. More details coming soon!

24. 10. 2015
Inspiration for hospice leadership

Sixty hospice leaders from the Czech Republic and Slovakia came to Prague to share their experiences and learn how to better lead hospice teams. It was an intense two-day learning experience with two special guests - Dame Barbara Monroe from St Christopher's in London and Matej Lejsal, CEO of the Domov Sue Ryder in Prague. As one of the attendees said "It was exactly the kind of education I desperately need but which is also very hard to get."

Pictures from the course are on our facebook.

17. 2. 2015
Collaboration with MJHS in New York

We have signed a memorandum of understanding with MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. MJHS is a leading hospice charity in New York and their Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care combines excellent research, education and practice. Memorandum of understanding, signed by Dr Russell Portenoy and Dr Martin Loucka, expresses mutual interest in seeking opportunities for joint research and educational activities.

16. 1. 2015
Where do patients with dementia die?

Our Center is involved in a large project called the International Place of Death Study, examining the variations in place of death in 14 countries across the world. First results, analyzing place of death in patients with dementia, were published in December 2014 in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

10. 11. 2014
Center has joined the IAHPC

It is our pleasure to join the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. We hope to be an active member of this community, able to bring more insights from Central Europe. Looking forward to our collaboration!


What is

Palliative care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. 1

Palliative care can be provided in hospitals or care homes as well as at home and is always based on the cooperation between patients, their families and a multidisciplinary team of palliative care professionals.

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Importance of palliative care

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach, which overlaps from medicine to nursing, social work, psychology and other disciplines. The increasing importance of palliative care reflects the current demographic and epidemiological trends in most developed countries, including the Czech Republic - people most often die from chronic conditions. In many of these deaths, people suffer months or years from various symptoms, and sometimes also from the side effects of intensive treatments, which significantly decrease their quality of life.

Positive impact

In the recent years, substantial evidence has been gathered confirming the positive impact of palliative care on quality of life of patients and their families, reducing depression and anxiety, facilitating decision-making process, and also prolonging survival in some patient populations.2-5 Based on this evidence, palliative care is gradually being accepted as an integral part of standard treatment in oncology6-8 and other areas of medicine9-13. The traditional model of care, focused exclusively on curative aims, is being replaced by an integrated model, which combines both curative and palliative approach (see the picture). With regard to these developments, the World Health Organization14 and the European Union15 urge their member states to ensure that palliative care is an integral component of their health systems.

Traditional Palliative Carevs.Early Palliative Care



  2. Temel JS, Greer JA, Muzikansky A, Gallagher ER, Admane S, Jackson VA, et al. Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2010;363(8):733-42.
  3. Bakitas M, Lyons KD, Hegel MT, Balan S, Brokaw FC, Seville J, et al. Effects of a Palliative Care Intervention on Clinical Outcomes in Patients With Advanced Cancer. JAMA. 2009;302(7):741-9.
  4. Smith TJ, Cassel JB. Cost and Non-Clinical Outcomes of Palliative Care. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009;38(1):32-44.
  5. El-Jawahri A, Greer JA, Temel JS. Does Palliative Care Improve Outcomes for Patients with Incurable Illness? A Review of the Evidence. J Support Oncol. 2011;9(3):87-94.
  6. Smith TJ, Temin S, Alesi ER, Abernethy AP, Balboni TA, Basch EM,et al. American Society of Clinical Oncology Provisional Clinical Opinion: The Integration of Palliative Care into Standard Oncology Care. J Clin Oncol. 2012;30(8):880-887.
  7. Epstein AS, Morrison RS. Palliative oncology: identity, progress, and the path ahead. Ann Oncol. 2012;23 (suppl.3):43-8.
  8. Rocque GB, Cleary JF. Palliative care reduces morbidity and mortality in cancer. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. 2013;10:80-9.
  9. Borasio GD. The role of palliative care in patients with neurological diseases. Nature Reviews Neurology. 2013;9:292-5.
  10. Kheirbek RE, Alemi F, Citron BA, Afaq MA, Wu H, Fletcher RD. Trajectory of Illness for Patients with Congestive Heart Failure. J Palliat Med. 2013. Epub 2013/04/03.
  11. Selecky PA, et al. (2005). Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Patients With Cardiopulmonary Diseases: American College of Chest Physicians Position Statement. CHEST, 128(5):3599-3610.
  12. Lanken PN, Terry PB, Delisser HM, Fahy BF, Hansen-Flaschen J, Heffner JE, et al. An official American Thoracic Society clinical policy statement: palliative care for patients with respiratory diseases and critical illnesses. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2008;177(8):912-27.
  13. Blackhall LJ. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and palliative care: Where we are, and the road ahead. Muscle Nerve. 2012;45(3):311-8.
  14. World Health Organization. Strengthening of palliative care as a component of integrated treatment within the continuum of care. Adopted by 67th World Health Assembly on 23 January 2014.
  15. Council of Europe. Recommendation Rec (2003) 24 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the organisation of palliative care.



Martin Loučka

PhDr. Martin Loučka, PhD.

EURO IMPACT research training fellow

Marie Curie Actions scholarship holder
Fulbright Commission scholarship holder
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    Board of trustees

  • PaedDr. Jarmila Baudišová
    PaedDr. Jarmila Baudišová
    Chair of the Board of Trustees of the AVAST Foundation
  • Prof. RNDr. Václav Hampl, DrSc.
    Prof. RNDr. Václav Hampl, DrSc.
    Rector Emeritus of Charles University, Professor of Physiology
  • Mgr. et Ing. Matěj Lejsal
    Mgr. et Ing. Matěj Lejsal
    Director of Domov Sue Ryder


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Center was established by the generous support
from the AVAST foundation.

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