Anneleen Janssen, Research Coordinator at Federatie Palliatieve Zorg, Vlaanderen, Belgium (a Belgian national palliative care association), and a member of the EAPC Task Force on International Collaboration for the Development of Healthcare Professional Guidelines in Palliative Care.
Remember Peter Pype’s earlier post on the blog when he invited you to join us at our task force’s open meeting at the 11th European Association for Palliative Care World Research Congress Online? Well, we succeeded in getting 69 attendees – more than during previous congresses and we had a very inspiring and constructive debate with an enthusiastic audience. The purpose of this meeting was to explain the preparations to build a collaborative network concerning guideline development. We presented and discussed the results of the questionnaire from EAPC-affiliated countries about the methodology of guideline development and the results of a tryout of international collaboration of guideline development.
The way is paved for the next steps …
Palliative care is a rapidly growing scientific field with an increasing body of evidence. Guideline development is needed to support qualitative care practices, but it is complex and rather time consuming.
Our research shows that many countries in the EAPC region are developing guidelines based on the same body of international scientific evidence and using similar methodologies. It appears feasible and worthwhile to strive for a collaborative network, to diminish individual efforts and develop guidelines in a more efficient way. This network would enable drafting shared international key recommendations (phase 1), for subsequent translation to national contexts (phase 2).
Guideline development comprises two main phases:
- Phase 1 encompasses literature search, selection, evidence table, key recommendation
- international collaboration appears possible
- shared approach can divide workload and save time.
- Phase 2 encompasses context adaptation of key recommendations, local peer review and publication
- international collaboration not feasible
- national approach allows taking into account regional context in the final version of guidelines.
Are we up to the challenge?
Our EAPC online survey confirms that many EAPC-affiliated countries are already developing guidelines in accordance with internationally accepted standards. The same methodological approach and expertise is being shared throughout the region.
Is your country/organisation ready to participate in this unique initiative?
As a pilot for this collaborative network, two countries (Belgium – The Netherlands) currently collaborate in developing one guideline. Their experiences can serve as guidance for other countries engaging in a similar exercise. With our joint knowledge and expertise and with a collaborative effort we aim at supporting all countries and institutions willing to go for it!
If you are interested, please email Anneleen Janssen. A kick-off meeting can be organised online (using Zoom), in order to get acquainted, identify opportunities and thresholds, and to prioritise targets.
- EAPC Task Force on International Collaboration for the Development of Health Care Professional Guidelines in Palliative Care.
- EAPC Task Forces and Reference Groups, formed by EAPC members from a range of disciplines and different countries, work collaboratively to produce a variety of documents on behalf of the EAPC. Find out more here..
- If you’d like information about holding an open meeting at the 17th EAPC World Congress Online, please email our Congress Coordinator, Claudia Sütfeld.
How to access 11th EAPC World Research Congress Online resources
- All content is available to registered delegates until 31 January 2021. Login here with your password.
- Everyone can view the congress abstracts, selected sessions from the EAPC 11th World Research Congress Online 2020 playlist on YouTube and a special series of articles about the congress on the EAPC blog.