The INSPIRE concept
Individuals with cancer often endure unaddressed loss of function and physical disability during the course of their illness. Loss of function can have devastating effects on individuals living with cancer, leading to difficulties participating in their everyday activities, social engagements, and overall loss of independence.
The INSPIRE project seeks to address the growing need for cancer services targeting disability by piloting a novel model of rehabilitation. The INSPIRE model emphasises the individual’s goals, concerns, and priorities to ensure they have access to the right care for their needs. Beginning with a multinational randomised controlled trial in five European countries, the INSPIRE intervention will be tested on its cost-effectiveness, as well as its clinical effectiveness for addressing quality of life, disability, and symptom burden.
Palliative rehabilitation is an approach that empowers individuals to live fully and to experience the highest quality of life possible.
- helping individuals with palliative care needs to cope with their conditions
- working to reduce their symptom burden
- helping them to remain as independent, active, and socially engaged as possible
Palliative rehabilitation provides a multidimensional approach to healthcare, addressing physical, emotional, occupational, social and spiritual facets of care to holistically attend to individuals with palliative care needs.