International Advanced Course on Palliative Care: an “excellent” initiative

Over 120 professionals, Portuguese and foreigner, participated, on October 11 and 12, in the 2th International Advanced Course on Palliative Care, organized by the Unit of Continuing and Palliative Care (UCCCP) from Hospital da Luz Lisboa, with the collaboration of the equivalent unit at Navarra University Clinic (Spain). The global balance of the initiative is “excellent”, as stated by Isabel Galriça Neto, the director of UCCCP and one of the course’s scientific coordinators, who promised a third edition in two years. This was a multidisciplinary initiative approaching diverse and comprehensive topics – from the clinical and pharmacological area to the organizational and research field –, involving trainees from different specialities.

Worth mentioning are the interventions by specialists Carlos Centeno – from Navarra University, who approached themes such as complexity management and development of palliative care – and Andrew Wilcock – from Nottingham University and founder of site, who explained the role of neuroleptics in the approach to delirium and the advances in treatment with opioids. Also worth mentioning are the presentations made by Carla Reigada (Navarra University), on team work, and Paula Sapeta (Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco), on research on palliative care.

“This bi-annual course is pioneer in the national context, contributing to forge bonds between palliativists and other specialities, as well as between national and international professionals”, highlights Isabel Galriça Neto. “As of now, we make the commitment to repeat the initiative in two years, with new topics and viewing educational and clinical excellence, and the improvement of palliative care in the country”, she adds.