Understanding the will to live in older people living in nursing homes

Principal Investigator: Prof. Ralf Jox, CHUV
Co-investigators: Dr. Marc-Antoine Bornet, CHUV and Dr. Eve Rubli-Truchard, CHUV

Duration: 2020 - 2022
Funding: G. and J. Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and Leenaards Foundation


In both clinical practice and research, there is a growing interest in the factors that positively influence patient quality of life. Research has shown that the "will to live" is an important indicator of the subjective well-being of elderly patients. Many questions remain unanswered regarding the will to live, especially for people living in nursing homes.


The purpose of this research is to explore the will to live of elderly residents living in nursing homes, to understand some of its determinants, and to examine whether the will to live can be assessed by third parties.

The study is taking place in three nursing homes in the canton of Vaud. Residents who have agreed to participate will be interviewed by a researching physician.  The researching physician will also interview their relatives and carers at the nursing home.

Current status

The research interviews have been completed. Analyzes are in progress.

 Last updated on 10/05/2021 at 09:36