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Institute welcomes national & international palliative care professionals for POS workshops

POS workshop 2016_224x135The fifth annual Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) workshops were hosted at the Cicely Saunders Institute on 5th and 6th February 2016. Palliative care professionals from national and international services attended to learn about the latest clinical and research developments in outcome measurement, a particularly hot topic which allows services systematically measure and demonstrate the quality of care given to the patients and families they see. Over 160 participants, including professionals from Germany, Italy, Taiwan, Brazil and Singapore attended the course over the two days which focused on the POS and various versions currently being developed including disease-specific versions for patients with dementia, heart failure and renal conditions.

The POS is a validated outcome measure which is widely used across international palliative care services to measure patient’s physical, psychological and spiritual needs and is freely available to download. The clinical workshop focused on the role that outcome measurement can play in improving the quality, efficiency and availability of palliative care, as well as hearing experiences from staff at the Cicely Saunders Institute including Professor Irene Higginson and Dr Fliss Murtagh. The POS family of measures are also widely used abroad and guest presenter Professor Carl Johan Fürst from Lunds University, Sweden came to discuss his experiences of using the Integrated POS (IPOS) in his service. The research workshop focused on the latest scientific developments of the measures including their validity and reliability as well as examining how to analyse data, how to go about using it for the first time in research and its translational and cultural adaptations in Africa, supported by the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) .

Participants reported they felt ‘enthused’ to take the tools and knowledge provided over the two days and implement this within their services, as well as enjoying the opportunity to meet and hear about different experiences from palliative care professionals across the world. For more information about future workshops and online courses please see the website.