Grantee details

Traveling Scholars Program Report

Maria Luisa Rebolledo Garcia

Travel date: April 11, 2018

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: IX Congreso Latinoamericano de Cuidados Paliativos de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Cuidados Paliativos (ALCP)

Origin: San Jose, Costa Rica / Destination: Santiago, Chile


Maria Luisa Rebolledo Garcia at the IAHPC exhibit stand

How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

Speaker of the pre-conference workshop; 50 people attended My experience was the interest of the assistants: 80% were doctors, 10% psychologists, 5% nursing and 5% other professionals.

How will you new knowledge & acquired skills help in furthering your work in hospice and palliative care in your program/city/ or country?

Health personnel who work in palliative care are aware of the importance of self-care and that the exposure of occupational stressors may affect their mental health. Transmitting to my coworkers in Costa Rica the need for self-care in the professionals who work with suffering, and the vulnerability of being able to suffer from Bournout syndrome and / or Fatigue for Compassion.

How IAHPC Traveling Scholars Program be improved in order to help other future traveling scholars?

Take into account the economic support on the distance of the place of residence of the grant holder and the country of the event. To be able to assume basic expenses, such as: plane ticket, lodging and food.

Narrative summary highlighting the needs and challanges you face

Health professionals who work in palliative care, we must become aware of the need for self-care, due to the constant exposure to the suffering of our patients and their families. Transmit the importance of self-care to all health personnel of palliative care to obtain tools and strategies to face the occupational stressors to which we are exposed in our work area, in addition to being able to detect in a timely manner the bios-psychosocial indicators that put us at risk of suffer from Bournout Syndrome and / or Fatigue for Compassion, which could affect our mental health and quality of life, as well as the care of our patients and their families. Thank you very much IAHPC for your support to participate in the IX Congress of the ALCP in Santiago de Chile.