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Outcome Measures in Palliative Care: Using the POS Family of Measures

On behalf of the POS Development Team, Professor Irene J Higginson is pleased to invite you to POS Workshops 2019 to advance clinical care and research. Registration is now open please visit for more information and click here to register. Please note that the event is accredited by Royal College of Physicians (pending).

 The two day ‘Outcome Measures in Palliative Care: Using the POS Family of Measures’ workshops will be held on 7th and 8th of February 2019 at King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute (London, UK). The aim of the workshops is to introduce and support the use of the POS family of measures in clinical, research and care settings. The event is for all professionals (nursing, doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, managers, allied professionals, commissioners and researchers) with an interest in palliative and end-of-life care. We welcome delegates from around the world.

Each year this event brings together professionals in palliative care where they have the opportunity to hear about innovative approaches and latest developments, essentials of administration, integration, scoring, validation, data capture and interpretation with POS family of measures.  The event is well attended and a select number of new abstracts are presented each year by POS users and researchers from around the globe.  The event facilitates sharing of experiences, challenges and exploring opportunities in outcome measurement. This year’s workshop have includes ‘POS Clinic’ - an interactive session where your specific questions involving all aspects of outcome measurement will be answered by an expert panel.

 Last year, a select number of abstracts were chosen and presented. We heard new work on the use of POS family of measures in community, in-patient, day hospice, NHS specialist palliative care inpatient unit settings with diverse patients groups such as with haemodialysis, decompensated liver disease, dialysis and end stage kidney disease patients.  The presented work demonstrated use of POS data in symptom management, audit, and service evaluation and in observing changes in quality of life.  Poster presentations also included innovative work in palliative care. We are happy to announce that we are now accepting abstracts (click here for call for abstracts).   We welcome submissions on your work related to the application and validation of POS family of measures in clinical or research settings. Please note that the final deadline for abstract submission is 26th of November, 2018.

POS Family of measures are freely available validated outcome measures which are widely used in palliative care in Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and America.  These measures are free to use to access these measures you only need to take a few minutes to register (please click here to register to use POS family of measures).   The POS family of measures consists of the Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS), the Integrated POS (IPOS), African POS (APCA) and POS Symptom (POS-S) (see for more information).   POS measures assesses physical symptoms, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs, and needs for information and support.  Culturally adapted and translated versions of POS measures are also available in more than twelve languages (see for more information). There are disease specific, generic and integrated versions available for use such as Integrated POS (IPOS) for Dementia (IPOS-Dem), Myeloma-specific version of the POS (MyPOS), specific version for renal patients (IPOS-Renal).  

The detailed program of the workshops will be made available at shortly.  Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. We are unable to admit unregistered visitors who may wish to attend the event on either day. Early bird registration is available until 31 December 2018. 

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