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Franziska Ecker Franziska Ecker

Department of Medicine I (Division of Palliative Medicine)
Position: Doctor-in-training

ORCID: 0009-0007-6607-6701


Advance Care Planning; Mental Health; Pain Management; Palliative Care; Psychotherapy; Qualitative Research; Vulnerable Populations

Research interests

My main research interests are symptom management in palliative care patients, end-of-life care, advanced-care-planning and the doctor-patient relationship. I am particularly interested in the psychological aspects of palliative care. My research aims to understand the phenomenon of existential suffering in palliative care patients, including the phenomenon of wishes to hasten death. I am also interested in attachment theory and its role in palliative care. 

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Qualitative methods; Grounded Theory; Psychoanalytically-informed interviewing

Selected publications

  1. Ecker, F. and Kutalek, R. (2021) ‘“I’m not an anti-vaxer!”—vaccine hesitancy among physicians: a qualitative study’, European Journal of Public Health, 31(6), pp. 1157–1163. Available at:
  2. Kitta, A. et al. (2023) ‘Statements of Austrian hospices and palliative care units after the implementation of the law on assisted suicide’, Wiener klinische Wochenschrift [Preprint]. Available at: