Last year of life study in Cologne

Scientific management: Prof. Dr. Raymond Voltz, Dr. Julia Strupp (Department of Palliative Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne), Prof. Dr. Christian Rietz (Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Cologne)

Research associates: Gloria Hanke, Nicolas Schippel

The subproject LYOL-C examines the last year of life of patients in Cologne. The research will be focused on the health and social care trajectories and transitions between different care providers. The aim of the project is to demonstrate possibilities for optimization regarding the modification of trajectories, transparency of transitions, increase of sustainability of care, reduction of burden for patients and relatives, and more efficient use of resources.


Secondary data analysis: Statutory Health Insurance (SHI) data from 3000–4000 deceased patients in Cologne.

Retrospective mixed methods study: Quantitative surveys with relatives (n=400) and qualitative interviews with relatives (n=60).

Focus groups with health professionals (n=3–5)