Travel date: May 23, 2019
Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)
Origin: Bogota, Colombia / Destination: Berlin, Germany
Through the central conferences, oral presentations and posters, I was able to have a global overview of the research and practice of palliative care in the world. This information is useful to transfer the evidence to the Colombian context. On the other hand, I met several colleagues who are dedicated to my area of research and practice, which will allow me to keep in touch with the right people who can give me feedback about palliative care in Colombia.
In the area of education, I will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the EAPC 2019, in the strengthening of my classes of palliative care in the University. I will also give additional palliative care classes for health professionals interested in the subject and apply what I have learned in classes of the palliative care course, which is offered in a continuous education mode to health and social sciences professionals. In the area of advocacy, I will share what I have learned with the society of professionals in palliative care of which I am a part, seeking to defend and promote respect for the rights of patients and caregivers. I will also mobilize my social networks in this area.
In general, I consider that everything related to the scholarship was perfect, timely and useful.
Colombia is a country of medium income, with very good health professionals, but with low development of palliative care, with the knowledge of EAPC 2019, I will help to break the gaps and to innovate in palliative care in Colombia.