Travel date: June 9, 2016
Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: 9th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care
Origin: Indore, India / Destination: Dublin, Ireland
Participation in the EAPC world research congress gave me an opportunity to see the research works of people involved in palliative care in places other than India. Looking at them I realized what lacked or what was better in our system of providing palliative care in India. I met people from other countries and came to know their perspective on palliative care and the experiences of those who had worked in India previously.
Palliative care provided by our dept in Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai is good and extensive but in order to improve it, more people need to know about palliative care and comprehend the concept of a hospice.
Procedure for applying and the help provided was very good
What I learnt in the conference is that the public in other countries is much more, though not completely, aware of palliative care and hence the difference. Apart from establishing more centres for palliative care, I feel there is a need to promote its knowledge and understanding among general public as well as the physicians. Since I am working at one of the biggest centre of palliative medicine in India, I should be doing research in order to assess the exact needs of the population in India as there have been very few studies in this regard and that will help me in encouraging palliative medicine in India.