Lara is a PhD Training Fellow in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network EURO IMPACT (European Intersectorial and Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Research Training). Lara holds an MSc in psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria, and her home institution is Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium. As part of EURO IMPACT, she has been appointed as a Visiting Research Associate to the Institute for six months, from September 2012 to March 2013.
Lara’s PhD focuses on the use and evaluation of palliative care for cancer patients in different European countries. Her research includes cross-national comparisons of the number of people accessing palliative care, places of care and places of death as well as family carers’ opinions of care received by people with cancer at the end of life.
At our Institute, Lara will work on data collected through the QUALYCARE study to examine family carers’ evaluations of end-of-life care that people with cancer received at home.