Report on the Polish Conference "End-of-life care for nursing home residents" - 31.03/01.04.2017, Krakow, Poland
On 31 March and 1 April, the PACE project (Palliative Care for Older People in long-term care facilities in Europe) held an international conference on “End-of-life care for older people in long-term care facilities”. The conference took place in the Nowodworski Hall of the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland.
The 200 or so delegates, both from Poland and abroad, were welcomed by Professor Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, the representative of the Provost of the Jagiellonian University for education and international cooperation at the Medical College, who expressed her hope that the conference would contribute to a better understanding of palliative medicine.
During the conference, the main aims of the PACE project were presented and preliminary results for the project were also presented. PACE aims principally to assess the quality of care at end of life for residents in care facilities in six countries in Europe, as well as the development of an efficient model of education and development for the staff in the facilities.
The conference was complemented by workshops in the field of end-of-life care, during which, the « PACE Steps to Success » programme was presented, with particular attention being paid to efficient communication with the resident, identification of individual needs, assessment of pain and depression, and recognition of the symptoms of dying and coping with the loss of loved ones.
The conference was organised by the team of the Chair of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine as well as the Chair of Internal Medicine and Gerontology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, with the support of the Medical Centre for Postgraduate Education of the Jagiellonian University. The event was held under the auspices of the Provost of the Jagiellonian University, Professor Wojciech Nowak as well as the Prorector of the Jagiellonian University for Medical College, Professor Tomasz Grodzicki.
The conference was also held under the auspices of the European Association of Palliative Care, the Council of Medical Doctors in Geriatrics in Poland and the Polish Association for Gerontology.
The event hashtag was #CareEOL where you can find many of the tweets at and about the event.
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The PACE project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 603111.