Cicely Saunders Institute shines at EAPC 2017
The EAPC 2017 conference attracted a wealth of international academics and clinicians from within the field of palliative care, and the Cicely Saunders Institute was able to showcase the true scope of its global reach. In particular, the work of Institute staff from a diverse range of countries and specialities was singled out for recognition and commendation at the conference.
Barbara Antunes, a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute who is based in Portugal, submitted a poster abstract ("Validation and cultural adaptation of the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS) for the Portuguese population") which was recognised as one of the best within the category. This multi-centred observational study is a step towards having feasible and validated measures available for Portuguese clinicians and researchers to use, and a contribution to the continuing and global work of the POS family of measures.
"I was very surprised but very happy to see this work recognised. Validation and cultural adaptation studies don't often get that much attention, but I consider it to be crucial both for clinical as well as research work, especially due to its patient-centered nature. It is certainly a boost of confidence and a motivation to continue my work in this field."
Jen-Kuei Peng, an international PhD student and clinician from Taiwan, was awarded a prize for his poster ("Health care utilisation in the last six months of life in patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD): an analysis using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan"), which was recognised as one of the top 3 out of all 936 posters at the conference. This population-based study aimed to describe the patterns of health care utilisation by patients with ESLD in their last six months of life.
“I didn’t expect to win this award, but I feel encouraged that my work was recognised. Patients with ESLD are so vulnerable and in need of good health care, including palliative care. I’d like to explore more about their end-of-life journey and identify key factors to inform future care improvement. Thanks to all the colleagues at the Cicely Saunders Institute, from whom I have really learned a lot!”
Eve Namisango, our BuildCARE Africa PhD training fellow, received special recognition from the University of Navarra, Spain, for playing a key role in the development of the APCA Atlas of Palliative Care in Africa. This is the first report of its kind to comparatively analyse African countries’ progress in palliative care in order to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information that may be used for advocacy efforts in working with governments and Ministries of Health.
“I am proud to be part of this huge achievement. Indicators that speak to the African health systems and the atlas will stimulate palliative care service development and help us to deliver to the World Health Assembly resolution framework. This is huge development for the region.”