prof. Kenneth Chambaere (PhD)

CRIG member
Kenneth Chambaere


Professor Public Health, Sociology & Ethics of the End of Life – End-of-Life Care Research Group (UGent)

Research focus

Prof. Chambaere’s current research in social health sciences focusses on three main themes:
(1) end-of-life practices,
(2) palliative care in and by the community and
(3) end-of-life care for people in vulnerable positions.
He conducts and is involved in projects on following topics: assisted dying/euthanasia, palliative sedation; tiredness of life; public health approaches to palliative care (e.g. Compassionate Communities; volunteer navigation in palliative care). His focus in terms of patient groups is diverse, but people with advanced cancer feature prominently throughout his research.

Research team

  • prof. Luc Deliens (PhD)

Key publications

  • Use and timing of referral to specialized palliative care services for people with cancer: A mortality follow-back study among treating physicians in Belgium. PLoS One. 2019 Jan 17;14(1):e0210056.
  • UNBIASED consortium. The involvement of cancer patients in the four stages of decision-making preceding continuous sedation until death: A qualitative study. Palliat Med. 2018 Jul;32(7):1198-1207.
  • End-of-life decision-making across cancer types: results from a nationwide retrospective survey among treating physicians. Br J Cancer. 2018 May;118(10):1369-1376.
  • What are the barriers faced by medical oncologists in initiating discussion of palliative care? A qualitative study in Flanders, Belgium. Support Care Cancer 2016, 24(9):3873-81

Contact & links

  • Lab address: UZGent, entrance 42, 6th floor, C. Heymanslaan 10, B-9000 Ghent
  • End-of-Life Care Research Group 
  • Kenneth Chambaere is interested to receive invitations for presentations or talks