Now is the time just before the launching of the Council of Europe recommendations on palliative care. The common date is set to be October 11 and up till now recommendations
have been translated into 17 different languages: Croatian, Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Swedish, Turkish,
Ukrainian. Some of the languages will be used in several countries. We expect and hope there will be lot of discussions about palliative care in all of Europe in October.
There will be a press release in active countries with a common part and a national part. It is mostly welcome and important with activities on regional and local levels as well in every country.
Do you want to take part in the disseminating of the recommendations in your country or region? Please get in touch with the contact in the respective country (you find the list of persons and their
e-mail addresses on the web site www.eapceast.org under down load) or if you prefer you can contact [email protected]
The Council of Europe recommendations in all languages will be printed in a booklet and it will look the same in the different countries. We all are in a very hectic process to get the booklets printed
and available from the contact persons in the different countries in time for the press release and other activities.
We hope this occasion will be a good opportunity to inform widely about palliative care in different kinds of settings and surroundings in both East and Western
part of Europe. Let's hope the recommendations will turn out to be a useful tool to help development in a positive direction.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in the USA is offering a new continuing education course, "Understanding End of Life Care: The Social Worker's Role,"
through the association's NASW WebED online training. Web site, www.naswwebed.org The course, which launched in June, is free and provides 2.0
continuing education unit hours for social workers who complete the content and take the exam.
The course was developed as part of a Open Society Institut's Project on Death in America grant to advance social work practice in end of life care.
The course targets social workers working with individuals and their loved ones who are coping with issues surrounding death and dying. Social workers addressing these concerns work in a range of
practice settings, including healthy and mental health agencies, hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, day care and senior centres, correctional systems, substance abuse programs and others. The course
is designed to increase social workers' knowledge about the complexities of end of life care in the United States and to help them gain information, skills and resources that will enhance their practice
in end of life practice.
Clinical practice guidelines for quality palliative care
The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, developed by the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, are now available. You can down load the full text directly
from the web.
Or order copies (Item # 820538 - $25) or the executive summary (Item #820539 - $15), go to the NCP Web site www.nationalconsensusproject.org
Deadline for abstracts for the next EAPC conference in Aachen , April 6-10, 2005
Last day to send in an abstract is September 30, 2004.
For more information please see: www.eapceast.org/Aachen2005
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Sylvia Sauter Carl Johan Fürst