Professor Sheila Payne, President of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK, suggests how to make the most of attending the EAPC World Congress.
Over the years, the EAPC World Congresses have hopefully offered a rewarding visual and cognitive experience, with presentations from international leaders and innovators. But more than that, the Congresses offer an opportunity to build bridges, providing a platform for the exchange and union of ideas, a venue where all corners of the wonderfully varied world of palliative care can come together, and reach out beyond the boundaries of discipline, status and country. It is very easy to fall into the trap of assuming that all EAPC World Congresses will be largely the same. We hope that the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen from 8-10 May 2015 will both surprise and delight you.
The programme is already online – just click here – so this is a good time to check on what sessions you are most interested in attending and plan ahead. We aim to cover a large range of topics from translational research, physical symptom management and clinical care, to ethics, policy development and public health systems. The aim is to ensure there is something on the programme for everyone. The programme is designed to be covered in a number of different formats.
Plenary speakers are highly respected international experts who have been asked to provide an overview of their area. For the first time, we are hosting a debate between two international experts on ‘Individual autonomy versus relational autonomy in the context of clinical care in different parts of Europe’.
Parallel sessions were selected from submitted proposals and focus on specialised topics delivered by well-known experts. For example, in the session ‘Assessing and managing breathlessness in palliative care’, pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches will be discussed and tools for assessment appraised. Some of these sessions present the work of funded research programmes or outcomes from EAPC taskforces. They are a great way to update your knowledge, learn about cutting-edge science or hotly debated topics. Why not try something new?
Meet-the-expert sessions were selected from submitted proposals and focus on specific topics presented by two facilitators. These sessions are designed to be more informal and interactive with a wide range of topics including: ‘Improving spiritual care in clinical practice’, ‘What is known about specialist education for palliative medicine’; and many more. Come to the sessions early to secure your place.
Free communication is the rather odd title for the majority of sessions that were selected from more than 1,000 submitted abstracts. People submitting abstracts could choose whether to submit their work as a poster or as a free communication. The highest scoring 120 abstracts were then selected to be presented as oral papers. These were then grouped into conceptually similar themes such as ‘assessment and measurement tools’, ‘ethics’, ‘palliative care in non-cancer’ and many more.
Scientific posters were selected from the good scoring abstracts. These are an excellent way to share research work and clinical innovations. The programme scheduling allows time for poster viewing.
Exhibitors will be displaying the latest in scientific equipment and pharmaceutical preparations. There will be sponsored scientific symposia to highlight key developments. There will also be publishers present to enable you to browse the latest books and journals. The EAPC stand is easily recognisable in its green livery. Please visit us to learn more about the EAPC and to meet our team including Dr Julie Ling, the new EAPC Chief Executive.
Are you coming to Copenhagen?
See you at the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 May, 2015. Follow us on Twitter @EAPCOnlus – our official congress hashtag is #eapc2015
Vous venez à Copenhague?
Nous aurons le plaisir de vous accueillir au 14ième Congrès Mondial de l’Association Européenne de Soins Palliatifs à Copenhague au Danemark, du 8 au 10 mai 2015. Suivez-nous sur Twitter @EAPCOnlus avec le hashtag officiel #eapc2015