The Project

Dyadic Psychoeducational Interventions for people with Advanced cancer and their Informal Caregivers (DIAdIC) is a transdisciplinary, cross-national research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. A diagnosis of advanced cancer has an impact on the person with the disease as well as the family caregiver. Good psychosocial and educational support can make a big difference and improve the quality of life of both. This international project will provide the needed evidence about the effectiveness of such interventions in different European countries.

“A major strength and uniqueness of the DIAdIC project is that it considers the patient-caregiver dyad as a unit and that it supports them using tailored interventions that are complementary to the existing professional care. In a context of limited resources for healthcare there are also limitations to the level of psychosocial and educational support that professional caregivers such as physicians and nurses can provide. By supporting the dyad in their own home, we expect to have an important impact on improving families’ well-being.”

– DIAdIC Coordinator, Prof Joachim Cohen

The DIAdIC project will develop and evaluate two different psychoeducational interventions for the person with cancer and the family caregiver together (i.e. the dyad). Both interventions are tailored to the needs of the dyad and address five core areas:

  • supporting family involvement in care
  • support identifying the positive aspects of the situation
  • increasing coping effectiveness to deal with stress related to the disease and caregiving
  • reducing uncertainty about the disease and treatments
  • teaching self-care strategies for symptom management

The two interventions are:

  • FOCUS+, a face-to-face intervention provided in the patient-caregiver dyad’s home by a specially trained health care professional
  • iFOCUS, a self-administered eHealth tool for patientcaregiver dyads.