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We warmly welcome you to the third Health Humanities Lecture of this academic year, organized by the Leuven Centre for Health Humanities (LCH², KU Leuven, Belgium). Our speaker, Lara Pivodic, is a professor of ageing and the end of life at the End-of-Life Care Research Group of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) & Ghent University. She will talk about the importance of trust for the well-being of older people. Here is a brief abstract of her talk:


Despite limited research directly addressing the significance of trust in palliative and end-of-life care, growing evidence from medical and social science research suggests that trust-based relationships are of central importance within older people’s perspectives on a good end of life. In this lecture, Lara Pivodic will explore the importance of trust for the well-being of older people, focusing on three critical aspects as they approach death: 1) feelings of security in care, 2) coordination and continuity of care, and 3) advance care planning. She will make the case that fostering trust-based relationships is essential not only for enabling older individuals to die well but also for assisting healthcare systems in delivering end-of-life care that is both accessible and equitable.


The lecture takes place on Thursday 28 March 2024, from 4pm to 5.30pm (Central European Time). Please note that there is a change in venue. We will NOT convene in Aula Vorlat, but in Auditorium Wolfspoort, also in the city centre of Leuven. The exact address is Schapenstraat 34, 3000 Leuven. If you come by car, there is a KU Leuven parking next door to the venue. Please email me to get the entrance code.  


This talk is a hybrid one. Our speaker will be with us, on campus, and we hope many of you will join us there. However, it is also possible to attend online, via Zoom. As usual, the talk is free for all, but we kindly ask you to register, if you haven’t already done so. We will send you a Zoom-link in the days before the talk. The talk will be interpreted simultaneously, from English to Dutch.


This is the third lecture in the annual Health Humanities Lecture Series, organized by the Leuven Centre for Health Humanities (LCH²), an interdisciplinary research centre in the Group of Humanities and Social Sciences at KU Leuven. This year’s theme is ‘trust in medicine’. Have a look at the series website if you are interested in the theme and if you want to attend some of the other lectures too. Topics are palliative care and euthanasia, the future of deafness, and trust in statistics.


Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Pieter R. Adriaens, on behalf of the LCH² steering committee.

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