EAPC World Congress 2023 – submit your abstracts now!

Prof. Dr. Sandra Martins Pereira and Prof. Dr. Agnes Csikós, Co-Chairs of the Scientific Committee of the 18th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), invite you to submit your abstracts for this important Congress on the theme of Equity and Diversity in Palliative Care.

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to let you know that the abstract submission for #EAPC2023, the 18th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, is now open.  The Congress will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 15th to 17th June 2023.

The congress theme ‘Equity and Diversity in Palliative Care’ reflects the need to understand why and how inequities in palliative care occur, develop strategies aimed at reducing those inequities, and identify which challenges and policies could help to improve equity in palliative care. That is why determining the prominent factors in the cause of inequities in palliative care and deciding which ones are most amenable to change is paramount. The recognition of the conceptual frameworks and principles behind the genesis and manifestations of inequities in palliative care will help to decide upon the best strategies and policies to tackle this worldwide problem.

As an operational definition of inequity in health (and inequity in palliative care), we can adopt the definition proposed by the International Society for Equity in Health: “Inequity in health is the presence of systematic and potentially remediable differences in one or more aspects of health across socially, demographically, or geographically defined populations groups”. There is no basis for expecting a single characteristic or set of characteristics to be most influential in causing inequities in palliative care. Evidence suggests otherwise. To complement the understanding of equity in health and in palliative care, we brought in the term diversity in palliative care. The definition of diversity encompasses variety and the condition of being different or having differences. Rarely are diverse influences simultaneously explored in the literature to better understand and tackle plausible explanations for inequities in palliative care.

Why are we failing on equity in palliative care? Do we spend inadequately or inappropriately on palliative care provision? Why in a world now much more aware of the impact of the social determinants of health are the world’s most vulnerable persons still missing out? How can diversity help to understand and tackle inequities in palliative care? These are just a few examples of questions that will certainly become “food for thought” in Rotterdam. And we do need your input and contributions to foster these discussions.

The Scientific Committee is currently in the process of compiling an interesting and exciting congress programme. Focusing on the conference theme, eight plenary speakers will present on a range of topics.  A series of diverse topics has also been selected for parallel sessions. Nevertheless, as you all know, submitted abstracts will be a significant and important component of the programme.

Therefore, we would now like to invite all of you to the submission of abstracts for presentation at the congress. Abstracts can be submitted and proposed to be presented in two formats, either as an oral or as a poster presentation. As usual, the final decision about the format will be made by the Scientific Committee. All abstracts must be submitted using the electronic abstract system. Please note, in order for the scientific committee to develop the #EAPC2023 congress programme, the deadline for abstract submission is 15th October 2022.

Submit your abstract now!

The deadline for abstract submissions is 15th October 2022. Submit your abstract here.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and to seeing you in Rotterdam!


  • Read more about the Abstract Submission here. Submit your Abstract here.
  • Further information on #EAPC2023, the plenaries, and the parallel sessions is available on our Congress website.
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