Dear Readers

Volume 23, Number 10: October 2022

Dear Readers:

Many new things are happening this month as we celebrate global hospice and palliative care, including the launch of the IAHPC Comprehensive Symptom Assessment and Management Course. The course consists of nine modules covering the most common and distressing symptoms, other than pain, occurring in palliative care. The response has been amazing; to date we have more than 170 registrants! Module 1 taught by Professors Eduardo Bruera and Donna Zhukovsky covered an Introduction to the course and the Approach to symptom management. On Module 2, Professor Zhukovsky covered how to assess, treat, and manage Fatigue. Module 3 on Delirium, on October 11, will be taught by Associate Professor David Hui also from the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, USA. To read more about the course, register for it, or watch any of the past and future modules, visit the Comprehensive Symptom Assessment and Management Course section of the IAHPC website.

Members who participate in the entire series, either live or by viewing the recordings, and who complete all tasks, will receive a Certificate of Participation. The course is free to IAHPC members. Join or renew your membership to participate in this educational course and enjoy IAHPC’s many other benefits!

We are very grateful to Professor Zhukovsky for her leadership in spearheading the course.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a great campaign coordinated by the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) with the support of the global palliative care community. Organizations throughout the world planned celebrations for October 8 to increase public and government awareness about how palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and families, and how appropriate policies and funding mechanisms are needed to ensure access to palliative care to those in need. More about World Day and initiatives linked to it around the world can be viewed on the WHPCA website.

We are marking World Hospice and Palliative Care Day by embarking on Delicious!, a new and exciting global recipe project in the newsletter. We are inviting our members to share a favorite recipe, the story behind it (if there is one!), and what makes it meaningful to them. Self-care is important, and eating well is a great foundation. These recipes are for the enjoyment and good health of caregivers and palliative care professionals themselves. This issue kicks it off with Liliana’s recipe for Ajiaco Santafereño Soup, one of her favorite dishes from her home country, Colombia. Please try it and let Liliana know how much you liked it!!

Until next month,

Lukas Radbruch, MD

Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director

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