The EAPC social media team bring you highlights from the final day of the 8th EAPC World Research Congress in Lleida, Spain.
Three days of inspiring and thought-provoking sessions provided by researchers from across the world, three days of sunshine and three days of amazing hospitality and camaraderie – this sums up this year’s EAPC World Research Congress.
This morning, early birds chose from six impressive ‘Meet the experts’ sessions offering how-to guidance on different aspects of scientific research, from ‘Publishing and reviewing’ to ‘Analysing qualitative data’ to ‘Developing evidence-based guidelines’.
In a later session, ‘Psychosocial Care and Spirituality’, Alick Kayange from Tanzania gave an inspiring presentation on the use of psychosocial activities as a non-pharmacological management among orphaned children living with HIV/AIDS. An analysis of the intervention will be used to assist in developing guidelines for supporting orphaned children with HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Two excellent plenary talks followed: In ‘Improvements in quality of end-of-life care in Sweden’, Dr Staffan Lundstrom (Sweden) demonstrated the importance of high-quality data in driving improvements in quality of care at end of life.
In ‘Advance directives associated with better hospice care’, Dr David Casarett (US) gave important findings indicating that
patients with advance directives enrolled with hospice sooner, and were more likely to die at home.
Introducing the final part of the congress, Professor Sheila Payne, President of the EAPC, explained how the EAPC strived to help health professionals and others to produce best quality scientific research and education to influence policy development in Europe and beyond. She thanked members for their loyal support and their contributions: the valuable work of the task forces, writing groups, and also their willingness and sustained involvement.
She reminded participants of the opportunities to get involved and resources available on the website: “The EAPC is not just for congresses – with our links to the EAPC Research Network (RN), official research journals and our social media presence we are an interactive EAPC. Our head office team ensures that we are a community of effort working to improve palliative care.” She concluded by urging people from all stages of their career to consider nominations for election to the EAPC Board in 2015, especially those from central and eastern Europe.
The congress celebrated two awards from our official journals. Mary Read, Publisher of Hayward Medical Communications, announced the winner of the first-ever European Journal of Palliative Care Policy Development Award in collaboration with the EAPC: Dr Olga Usenko MD MPH, selected for her impact on the quality of care for dying patients in Russia.
Dr Usenko was one of 37 worldwide nominations that included individuals who had set up hospices, driven forward education or policy implementation programmes in their countries, or who had dedicated their working lives to improving palliative care.
Dr Catherine Walshe, Editor of Palliative Medicine, presented the 2013 Palliative Medicine ‘Paper of the Year’ award to Professor David Currow and his co-authors for the paper: ‘Uncovering an invisible network of direct caregivers at the end of life: a population study’. Chosen from 100 published papers, it was a robustly constructed study with an important message about understanding who it is in palliative care we are working with.
Dr Paul Gregan, Chair of the Irish Association for Palliative Care (IAPC), confessed he’d been secretly taking notes on how to organise an excellent conference, commenting: “Not only are the Spanish good at football but they do great conferences too!” He welcomed everyone to Dublin for the 9th EAPC World Research Congress on 9-11 June 2016.
Professor Per Sjogren assured everyone of a warm welcome to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 14th EAPC World Congress 2015. He thanked all those involved with this year’s congress and the EAPC RN for “better and better research congresses”.
After paying tribute to Maria Nabal, Josep Porta-Sales, Monica and the ‘White T-shirts’ (the volunteer staff) for planning, organising and running the congress, Prof Stein Kaasa, Chair of the EAPC RN, had a final message to participants:
“Thank you for your active participation in the congress; continue to do high quality research and start to write your abstracts for the next congress… but it can wait until after the weekend.”
Online abstract submission now open…
Abstracts are invited for the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2015. Click here to submit your abstract.
Selected presentations from the 8th EAPC World Research Congress in Lleida now online…
Even if you weren’t able to attend the congress held in Lleida in June, you can now download some of the presentations and other information relating to the congress. Click here to view.