Delegates from VUmc and KU Leuven participated as keynote speakers in the CHCA 2015 Home Care Summit

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:



KU Leuven presented preliminary results at the 5th International Workshop of the COPSOQ Network

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



Publication: “Substantial between-country differences in organising community care for older people in Europe – a review” published in The European Journal of Public Health.

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.


12th Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) “Discover new ways in Geriatric World”

5-7 October 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

The 12th Congress of EUGMS is targeted to specialists and health care professionals sharing the same interest in geriatric medicine: mainly geriatricians, internists, general practitioners, neurologists and physicians from every medical discipline, therapists, nurses, gerontologists, researchers and scientists, pharmacists, nutritionists as well to anyone taking care of the older patients, in order to understand the social, medical and clinical approach to geriatric diseases.The abstract submission deadline is 15 May 2016. For further info, please click here.


Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting “From Possibility to Practice in Aging: Shaping a Future for All”

23-25 October 2015, Calgary, Alberta

CAG2015 is the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, the Canadian multi-disciplinary association of those who work, research or have an interest in the field of aging.



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.


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.


10th International Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society

17-19 September 2014, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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


14th International Conference on Integrated Care

2-4 April 2014, Brussels, Belgium

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.



IBenC Annual Meeting

13-14 January 2014, Rome, Italy

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IBenC present at IAGG 2013

The IBenC project was presented at the 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Seoul, Korea. This global conference took place from June 23 to June 27, 2013 and attracted around 3800 participants from all over the world. The theme was Digital @geing: A New Horizon for Health Care and Active Ageing, and during the congress great use was made of the advanced information technologies of the 21st century to discuss the various research, implementation, and policy initiatives that are necessary for enhancing the quality of life for older people. For more information see

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Kick off meeting of IBenC in Amsterdam: successful start!

At January 14th and 15th 2013, the kick off meeting of the IBenC project was successfully held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During this meeting, representatives of all consortium partners from the six participating countries came together to officially start the IBenC project. During the kickoff, Work Package (WP) leaders shortly presented the content of their WPs and addressed specific issues and questions. These were discussed plenary by the consortium members. Furthermore, the Dutch FP7 contact point informed the consortium partners on the reporting rules and finances. The next consortium meeting will be held in January 2014. Overall, the kick off meeting contributed to a successful, proactive start of IBenC.

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