Dear friends and colleagues,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 11th World Research Congress of the EAPC.  The congress, which will take place in the beautiful city of Palermo, will offer excellent opportunities to meet experts in palliative care, to present and discuss research, provide new ideas and new knowledge on how to improve the treatment and care of patients and their families. For the last year, the Scientific Committee has worked to plan the scientific programme. We would like to thank the members of the multidisciplinary committee for their hard work and efforts: Mary Fallon (President),  Lieve Van Den Block, Phil Larkin (EAPC past-President), Christoph Ostgathe (EAPC President), Steffen Eychmüller, Per Sjøgren, Roeline Pasman, Marianne Jensen Hjermstad and EAPC CEO, Julie Ling.

More than ever, there is a need for the palliative care community to produce high-quality evidence. Global interest in research in palliative care is increasing.  This was evident in the number of high-quality contributions received for the last EAPC Research Congress where a total of 897 abstracts were submitted from 55 countries globally. The increase in the number of International collaborative research initiatives has provides opportunitinies for cooperation and the results of this type of research are adding to the body of knowledge within palliative care. 

The EAPC World Research Congress not only offers the opportunity to showcase world experts in palliative care, significantly the main part of the scientific programme is based on submitted abstracts. Each abstract is reviewed by at least two independent reviewers from our Advisory Board comprising of many experts from a range of professions and countries. We are grateful to all our colleagues who undertake this important work. According the abstract score all abstracts then prioritised as 1) plenary talks, 2) oral communication sessions, 3) poster discussion sessions, and, 4) the poster presentations.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts in the coming months and really look forward to welcoming you to Palermo Sicily in May 2020.

Augusto Caraceni
(EAPC Research Network Chair)
Sebastiano Mercadante
(Local Organising Committee Chair)

Fiera del Mediterraneo – venue for 11th EAPC World Research Congress

European Association for Palliative Care, EAPC
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