We are excited to announce that Dr Sean Morrison from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, USA) and National Palliative Care Research Center will give his lecture "Transforming Care for the Seriously Ill: The Role of Modern Palliative Care" in Prague on 2 June at 4pm. The lecture will take place in Karolinum under the auspices of the rector of Charles University. More details coming soon!
Sixty hospice leaders from the Czech Republic and Slovakia came to Prague to share their experiences and learn how to better lead hospice teams. It was an intense two-day learning experience with two special guests - Dame Barbara Monroe from St Christopher's in London and Matej Lejsal, CEO of the Domov Sue Ryder in Prague. As one of the attendees said "It was exactly the kind of education I desperately need but which is also very hard to get."
We have signed a memorandum of understanding with MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. MJHS is a leading hospice charity in New York and their Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care combines excellent research, education and practice. Memorandum of understanding, signed by Dr Russell Portenoy and Dr Martin Loucka, expresses mutual interest in seeking opportunities for joint research and educational activities.
Our Center is involved in a large project called the International Place of Death Study, examining the variations in place of death in 14 countries across the world. First results, analyzing place of death in patients with dementia, were published in December 2014 in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
It is our pleasure to join the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. We hope to be an active member of this community, able to bring more insights from Central Europe. Looking forward to our collaboration!
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. 1
Palliative care can be provided in hospitals or care homes as well as at home and is always based on the cooperation between patients, their families and a multidisciplinary team of palliative care professionals.
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach, which overlaps from medicine to nursing, social work, psychology and other disciplines. The increasing importance of palliative care reflects the current demographic and epidemiological trends in most developed countries, including the Czech Republic - people most often die from chronic conditions. In many of these deaths, people suffer months or years from various symptoms, and sometimes also from the side effects of intensive treatments, which significantly decrease their quality of life.
In the recent years, substantial evidence has been gathered confirming the positive impact of palliative care on quality of life of patients and their families, reducing depression and anxiety, facilitating decision-making process, and also prolonging survival in some patient populations.2-5 Based on this evidence, palliative care is gradually being accepted as an integral part of standard treatment in oncology6-8 and other areas of medicine9-13. The traditional model of care, focused exclusively on curative aims, is being replaced by an integrated model, which combines both curative and palliative approach (see the picture). With regard to these developments, the World Health Organization14 and the European Union15 urge their member states to ensure that palliative care is an integral component of their health systems.
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