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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006
Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
This session will illustrate the four key components that need to be a part of any international strategy to incorporate palliative care into an existing healthcare system, including:
1) Changes to national health care policy that integrates palliative care into the overall National Health Plan and National Cancer Control Program, and change opioid prescribing regulations;
2) An increased national opioid quota, and improved access to opioids and other essential medication in the settings where patients receive care;
3) Education in the core competencies of palliative care for practicing physicians, nurses, clinical pharmacists, social workers, chaplains, volunteers and trainees at all professional schools; and expert-level training for selected physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains wish to become organizational and national champions
4) Strategies to find champion/leaders and implement palliative care into existing healthcare organizations and the community.
Through specific case examples, I will illustrate what worked well, and specific challenges throughout this process.