It’s day two of the 8th EAPC World Research Congress and more than 1,000
researchers and practitioners from 55 countries are in Lleida, Spain, to share and discuss their work in palliative care. The EAPC social media team bring you news from Lleida.
A highlight of every research congress is the Vittorio Ventafridda lecture – this year delivered by Professor Augusto Caraceni from Italy who challenged us to reflect on how research leads to a better clinical practice.
A carefully planned mix of plenary talks, themed sessions and free communication sessions enabled participants to take in a wide variety of topics each day. ‘Language-based research methodologies’ included three excellent presentations explaining how stories, language and metaphor take us to the heart of care, in its complexity, ambiguity and strength. Professor Arthur Frank from Canada was one of the presenters in this session speaking on ‘Finding ways to hope, seeing beauty’
The session with free communications on end-of-life care included new research from the UK, France and the Netherlands. Agnes van der Heide reported on the increasing use of palliative sedation in the Netherlands, now used for 12% of all deaths, and Lucas Morin provided information on the provision (or the lack thereof) of palliative care in French nursing homes. Even though 30% of the nursing homes have identified a palliative care nurse, 79% of the homes have not sent a patient to a palliative care unit in the past five years.
Professor David Currow from Australia delivered an inspiring plenary lecture on ‘Developing research methodologies that can reliably examine the quality of end of life care’. Highlighting the need for internationally accepted guidelines for referral to palliative care, he urged participants to consider how best to target those most in need. (Click here to read an earlier post from David Currow).
Much networking and information gathering went on around the various stands. In the photo below Eduardo Garralda, a member of the Atlantes Programme based in Spain, introduces the supplement on ‘Specialisation in Palliative Medicine for Physicians in Europe 2014’ to Dr Michaela Bercovitch, Chair of the Israel Palliative Medical Association and a board member of the EAPC.
A high spot today was the 2014 EAPC Early Researcher Award honouring researchers in palliative care who are making an outstanding contribution to research and/or academic teaching. In the photo below is this year’s winner, Professor Lieve Van den Block from Belgium (right), with joint 2nd prizewinner, Dr Daisy Janssen (Netherlands), and Dr Andrew Olagunju (Nigeria), who received a special award. (Dr Ollie Minton from the UK was also a joint 2nd prizewinner). Click here to read about Prof Van den Block’s research work and look out for more posts in the coming weeks from all the winners.
We’ll bring you more highlights from Lleida on Saturday and more posts will be published on the blog in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, please follow the congress @EAPC2014