By Genevieve Napier
IAHPC Programs Officer
Our membership casts a large net, encompassing both individual and institutional members. Individual members come from 51 different professional fields. They range from health care providers whose field of practice is palliative care, to anesthesiologists, to social workers, educators, and students, to those shaping public health care policy.
Nine percent of our members are institutions, which consist of academic institutions (colleges and universities), patient care organizations (hospitals, clinics, medical offices), and civil society organizations (associations and foundations).
Thirty-six percent of our individual members have identified palliative care/palliative medicine as their profession, and 8% are post-graduate students who are currently enrolled in a palliative care or related degree program.
The remaining 47%of our individual members, grouped as “other,” have identified their profession as one of the following: anesthesiology, communication, community palliative care, complementary therapies, counselor, education, emergency medicine, engineering, epidemiology, ethics & public policy, family medicine, general practitioner, geriatrics, health care administrator, infectious disease, internal medicine, international relations, management, military programs, neurology, neurosurgeon, nursing, OB/gynecology, oncology medicine, oncology nursing, oncology surgery, other, pain, palliative care nursing, pastoral care, pediatric oncology nursing, pediatric palliative care, pediatrics, pharmacology, physical therapy, physiotherapy, psychiatry, psychology, psycho-oncology, public health, radiation oncology, social work, spiritual care, surgery, or thanatology.
Tonia C. Onyeka is an associate professor/consultant anesthetist, pain physician, and palliative medicine physician at the University of Nigeria College of Medicine. She joined the IAHPC in 2011.
Dr. Onyeka is lead author of an article titled, “Project OPUS: Development and evaluation of an electronic platform for pain management education of medical undergraduates in resource-limited settings” published in PLOS ONE in December. Two of the 14 co-authors are IAHPC members Eve Namisango (also a board member) and Matthew Allsop .
Dr. Onyeka and her colleagues received an educational grant from the International Association for the Study of Pain to create a pain management curriculum and to develop an e-learning course for medical students in five colleges of medicine in Nigeria. This article emphasizes the lack of education in pain management as a barrier to effective pain management. The article discusses their research and the outcomes from the e-learning approach that addresses the lack of pain management training. The open-access article is available here.
William E. Rosa, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, joined the IAHPC this year as an IAHPC Advocacy Focal Point for the United States.
Dr. Rosa has published a paper in the December issue of the CriticalCareNurse journal titled “Increasing Critical Care Nurse Engagement of Palliative Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
In this article he argues that palliative care is critical care. He states that during the COVID-19 pandemic, 60% of the international health care workforce is associated with testing, triage and/or treatment of COVID-19 patients and that critical care nurses are on the front line. Dr. Rosa addresses how critical care nurses benefit their patients when incorporating palliative care principles into the practice of critical care. He makes a call to action for palliative care integration throughout the practice of high-quality critical care to ensure that the holistic needs of patients and families are met. Critical care nurses are uniquely positioned to ensure this integration is implemented to produce high-quality outcomes for their patients.
The IAHPC leadership thanks the many members who were a part of this month’s newsletter.
Policy & Advocacy
Guest Advocacy Column
Lessons from Literature
A list of individuals who joined, or renewed their membership with, IAHPC during the past month.
|Barry R. Ashpole||Canada|
|Marta Ximena Leon||Colombia|
|Alexandra Tatiana Fernandez Davila||Ecuador|
|Sadigheh Torabi||Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice (BACCH)||Kuwait|
|Joe El Khoury||Lebanon|
|SANAD-The Home Hospice Organization of Lebanon||Lebanon|
|Lee Ai Chong||Malaysia|
|Uria Medardo Guevara||Mexico|
|Gaspar Da Costa||Panama|
|Magdalena Van Jaarsveld||South Africa|
|Aula Interdisciplinar SL||Spain|
|Nathalie Steiner Collet||Switzerland|
|Lisa Christine Irumba||Uganda|
|Alicia Demetropolis||United States|
|Amir Radfar||United States|
|Galina Khemlina||United States|
|Nancy Hinds||United States|
|Nauzley Abedini||United States|
|Bilal Awad||West Bank and Gaza|
|Santos Debora Cristina Leitao||Brazil|
|Eric Nagaonle Some||Burkina Faso|
|Winifred Nana Yaa Otoo||Ghana|
|Georgina Dominguez Ocadio||Mexico|
|Yrma Sotomayor Borja||Peru|
|Christine February||South Africa|
|Amrinder Jawandha||United States|
|Cristina Montanez||United States|
|Laura CalisiÂ||United States|
|Letha Mills||United States|
|Subhakeertana Sivakumar||United States|
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