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Table 1 Gantt chart with information on study phases, work packages and timeline

From: Optimal care at the end of life (OPAL): study protocol of a prospective interventional mixed-methods study with pretest-posttest-design in a primary health care setting considering the view of general practitioners, relatives of deceased patients and health care stakeholders

  1. 1Baseline (t0): WP1a interviews with health care stakeholders (n = 15), WP2a written surveys with GPs (n = 50), WP3a after-death interviews with relatives of deceased patients (n = 25), WP4a analysis of clinical data of deceased patients from the 35 general practices (n = 200 or approx. 4 per project practice)
  2. 2Anonymised datasets of the AOK (Local Health Care Fund) from in defined period of time before (WP5a, baseline t0, Year 1, n = 700) and after (WP5b, follow-up survey t1, Year 3, n = 700) the intervention will be analysed
  3. 3Intervention in general practices (WP6): user training and application of SPICT-DE, monitoring visits for supervision of the implementation process and reflection talks
  4. 4Intervention at the level of the health region (WP7): Publicity campaign, multidisciplinary discussion panels and trainings for change agents (health dialogue, HD)
  5. 5Follow-up (t1): WP1b interviews with health care stakeholders (n = 15), WP2b written surveys with GPs (n = 50), WP3b after-death interviews with relatives of deceased patients (n = 25), WP4b analysis of clinical data of deceased patients from of the 35 general practices (n = 200 or approx. 4 per project practice)
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