January 21, 2009
CONTACT: Melissa DelaCalzada
San Diego Hospice
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Innovations in Advanced Illness Care Explored at San Diego Meetings
The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice hosts international meetings Jan. 21-26
Symposium participants will:
- Discuss innovations and interventions to improve the delivery of palliative care in different settings;
- Explore ways to fully integrate the practice of palliative medicine into the healthcare systems throughout the world; and,
- Discuss current issues and learn from each other’s models and experiences.
“We are passionate about bringing together the finest experts in the field of palliative medicine to share their knowledge,” said Charles von Gunten, MD, PhD, Provost of The Institute for Palliative Medicine. “Through the discussions at these meetings, we will not only be able to exchange vital information and strategies for integrating palliative care into health care systems throughout the world. We will also be sharing approaches to relieving suffering in settings where 80% of patients who are diagnosed with cancer are already at Stage IV with advanced disease.”
Among the distinguished individuals coming to San Diego for these meetings:
- Dr. Xavier Gomez-Bastiste, oncologist and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Center for Public Health Palliative Care Programs at the Catalan Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain
- Dr. Carl Johan Furst, Director of the Palliative Care Program, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
- Ms. Liliana De Lima, Executive Director, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, Houston, Texas; and WHO/ Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) consultant
About The Institute for Palliative Medicine
The Institute for Palliative Medicine (IPM) at San Diego Hospice is internationally recognized for its excellence in palliative care education and research. Dedicated to the relief of suffering through the transformation of health care, it focuses on discovering, demonstrating and disseminating strategies for palliative care in existing health care systems whether here in San Diego or throughout the world. Physicians and healthcare professionals from around the globe come to The Institute for Palliative Medicine to study. Home to the country’s largest palliative medicine physician fellowship program, the Institute also provides education to more than 1700 health care students and professionals each year. The Institute helped pioneer the palliative medicine subspecialty approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2006.
Palliative care is the prevention and relief of suffering by a specialized inter-disciplinary health care team that focuses on managing symptoms, relieving pain, and improving quality of life, whatever the diagnosis.
For more information, visit online at www.sdhospice.org.