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Project: Onco-Aging: Smart health community for older cancer patients

The project aims directly at two major health concerns of contemporary Europe: cancer and an ageing society. It will foster awareness of specific needs of older cancer patients by engaging with healthcare professionals, medical students and researchers.

Project information

Project name
Onco-Aging: Smart health community for older cancer patients and interdisciplinary interactions with medical education for future geriatricians
Project manager at Linnaeus University

Mexhid Ferati
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University; University of Cologne, Germany; University of Florence, Italy; University of Birmingham, UK; Leiden University, the Netherlands
EUniWell (European University for Well-Being)
Oct 2020–Sept 2021
Informatics (Department of Informatics, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

The number of older persons with cancer is predicted to increase over the next decades, as the incidence of cancer is eleven times higher among people aged 65 or over. Several types of cancer occurring in advanced age have unmet clinical and non-clinical needs and dismal survival.

The aim of this project is to improve awareness of the above cited needs with a survey to inform medical and social care initiatives. The project also aims to further develop geriatric teaching plans with collaboration and exchange of experience with other EUniWell partner universities, by affiliating a smart health community for older cancer patients based on medical, education-driven, interdisciplinary interactions.

The project is part of the research in the Interaction Design Research Group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environments Sustainable health and Education in change.