INSPIRE aims to test whether rehabilitation as part of usual care is clinically effective and cost-effective. Rehabilitation may allow patients to enjoy the best quality of life possible and empower them to actively manage their condition. Overall, rehabilitation is adaptable and strives to take each individual’s concerns, priorities, and goals into consideration.
The aim is for patients to live fully, and to carry on doing the things that are important to them– whether that’s spending time with family and friends, participating in community activities, or just getting up and about in their home. This may also help to prevent unplanned hospital admissions and reduce the burden of care on informal caregivers.
INSPIRE’S long-term ambition is for person-centred rehabilitation to be a routine part of care for people with incurable cancer. Rehabilitation is already seen as an essential health service by the World Health Organisation (WHO), but across Europe, and even within countries, people do not have the same access to rehabilitation. By integrating rehabilitation into existing health services, access can be increased. This could help address inequalities in access to care, and lead to a better quality of life for patients across different cultures and socioeconomic groups. It may also reduce the cost of care, as patients may take a more active role in managing their condition, and potentially result in fewer unplanned hospital admissions.