The IBenC consortium has presented the first project results during two symposia on international conferences this Spring. During the World interRAI Conference from April 11-14 in Toronto Canada the symposium ‘Benchmarking Costs and Outcomes of Community Care in Europe’ took place, followed by the symposium ‘Cost and quality of home care for older people in Europe’ at the 23rd Nordic Conference of Gerontology in Tampere, Finland (June 19-22).

During these symposia consortium members presented preliminary project results on a variety of topics. Besides the overall project design, basic information on dependency and care use of the study sample, and the validity of the interRAI Home care instrument for cost of care assessments also clinical and social topics were addressed. Like the importance of comprehensive geriatric assessments for adequate medication prescription, factors that are associated with ADL improvement in home care clients and the prevalence loneliness among European home care clients and associated factors. Also the first results on job satisfaction of home care professionals were presented.

See the power point presentations of the 23rd Nordic Conference of Gerontology below, for more information on the project results.

  1. Introduction and basic results
  2. Functional improvement
  3. Job satisfaction
  4. Validity cost of care assessments
  5. Loneliness
  6. Right medication

Representatives from IBenC project partners VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc) and KU Leuven recently participated as keynote speakers in the 2015 Home Care Summit of the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) in Ottawa, Ontario.

Dr. Henriëtte G. van der Roest from VUmc contributed to the Plenary Session “Redefining Community Planning: Evaluating Best Practices for Seniors Care”, offering insight and experience on how decision-makers can evaluate and benchmark community care providers on a cost-quality ratio based on patient outcomes, care use, quality of care and costs. In the same context, Prof. Dr. Anja Declercq from KU Leuven was keynote speaker of the Plenary Session “Redefining Integration – Approaches to Patient Centred Integrated E-Care” and talked through the advantages of standardised data made available to health care professionals, patients and caregivers. In support of this, she introduced a brand new application to sustain the use of IBenC’s assessment instrument “InterRAI” in Belgium.

To find the presentation made available by VUmc please visit:


IBenC project partner KU Leuven recently participated in the 5th International Workshop of the Network for scientific research and risk assessment with the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ), an innovative instrument that has been used in a large number of scientific research projects including comparative studies among various countries in Europe and abroad.

KU Leuven’s presentation by Liza Van Eenoo and Prof. Dr. Anja Declercq included the preliminary results of a cross-sectional data collection conducted among Belgian home care professionals in the framework of the IBenC project.

A PDF copy of the workshop agenda can be found here:

COPSOQ Workshop Agenda


Van Eenoo L., Declercq A., Onder G., Finne-Soveri H., Garms-Homolová V., Jónsson P.V., Dix O., Smit J.H., van Hout H., van der Roest H., Substantial between-country differences in organising community care for older people in Europe – a review, The European Journal of Public Health, September 2015

The study is conducted within the IBenC project in which six European countries are involved. To compare the community care delivery with care-dependent older people in these countries, a systematic comparison of macro indicators using metadata complemented with data from multinational surveys is performed. The article aims to compare the context, regulations and conditions for community care delivery in order to provide more insight into existing differences in community care organisation in Europe.

To read the article in full please click here.


16-18 September 2015, Oslo, Norway

The EUGMS Congress “Geriatric medicine for future Europeans – Successful aging creates new challenges” is to take place on 16-18 September 2015 in Oslo, Norway.

The programme consists of sessions about health optimisation, prevention, organisation of acute geriatric care in different countries, and tailored drug treatment. Other central topics will be integrated care for elderly people such as pre-post and perioperative care in orthogeriatrics, cancer and cardiac surgery.

For further information, please click here.


13 June 2015, Berlin and Potsdam, Germany

A presentation of the IBenC Project’s aims and first results will be taken by project partner Prof. Dr. Vjenka Garms-Homolová (HTW Berlin) at the annual “Long Night of Science” to be held on 13 June 2015 in Berlin and Potsdam, Germany.

Public Health Research Workshop: Patient Empowerment for Managing Chronic Health Conditions

27 January 2015, Brussels, Belgium

This full-day workshop is being organised by DG Research and Innovation (RTD) in collaboration with the IROHLA research project funded under FP7.

The event aimed to give researchers an opportunity to share their experience from their projects with other researchers, and discuss the needs and ambitions of relevant stakeholders.

A symposium on data collection and analysis with the IBenC tools is to take place on 17-19 September 2014 at the 10th International Congress on the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The symposium will focus on long-term care for older persons across time and countries in Europe, with help of interRAI-instruments, and IBenC will be one of the presented projects. The conference’s main theme is Geriatric Medicine Crossing Borders, the main focal point being between the scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena associated with old age and geriatric practice with futuristic solutions for common problems.

EUGMS Rotterdam 2014 Abstracts

Abstracts presented at the EU-GMS congress – symposium on elderly care – that took place on 17 September 2014 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Onder UCSC at Rotterdam 2014

Declercq KUL at Rotterdam 2014

Doctoral researcher Liza Van Eenoo presented an abstract of her PhD project framed within IBenC at the 14th International Conference on Integrated Care, 2-4 April 2014, Brussels, Belgium.
Attended by 350 international integrated care experts, the aim of the conference was to exchange knowledge, experience, new ideas and projects around four main areas of integrated care and design delivery: policy making towards integrated care, integrated care in practice, making the transition towards integrated care, and thinking differently: innovation and integrated care.


Liza Van Eenoo’s presentation at the 14th International Conference on Integrated Care