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Objectives

The primary objective of ACTION is to assess whether ACP improves the quality of life and symptoms of patients with advanced cancer.

The secondary objectives of ACTION are:

  • To assess the effect of an ACP program on the quality of life and symptoms of patients with advanced cancer in different subgroups (gender, age, socioeconomic class, country);
  • To assess the effect of ACP on the extent to which care as received is in line with patients' preferences, on patients' evaluation of the quality of the decision making process, on the quality of dying of patients with advanced cancer, and on the relatives' wellbeing;
  • To gain insight into how patients, their relatives and professional caregivers experience their involvement in ACP;
  • To assess the cost effectiveness of ACP.