WHO policy paper on a multidisciplinary post-graduate palliative care education

In 2017 PMU and EAPC launched a survey with the aim to collect information on elements of palliative care education from experts from all over Europe. The analysis revealed a high agreement regarding the existing core competencies of palliative care education. The results indicate that at post-graduate level all health care providers

  1. have to comprehend the palliative care philosophy
  2. have to be able to demonstrate the complex symptom assessment and management competencies
  3. have to be able to design care plans based on patients and families wishes integrating multi-professional and interdisciplinary approaches, and
  4. have to be able to listen and self-reflect.

Based on these findings an international group of experts have begun to draft a WHO policy paper on a multidisciplinary post-graduate palliative care education for WHO European region, which according to the WHO CC work plan will be submitted by the end of the year.