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The Third Annual US Celebration of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day: A virtual coming together to unify the global palliative care community

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 April 2023

William E. Rosa*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
Shila Pandey
Affiliation:
Supportive Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
Andrew S. Epstein
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
Stephen R. Connor
Affiliation:
Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, London, UK
Laurie J. Andersen
Affiliation:
Supportive Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
Liz Blackler
Affiliation:
Ethics Committee, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
Anjali V. Desai
Affiliation:
Supportive Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
Lauren Akua Koranteng
Affiliation:
Supportive Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
William S. Breitbart
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
Judith E. Nelson
Affiliation:
Supportive Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA
*
Author for correspondence: William E. Rosa, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 633 Third Avenue, Room #417, New York, NY 10017, USA. Email: rosaw@mskcc.org

Abstract

Objectives

On 3–4 October 2022, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Supportive Care Service and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosted the Third Annual United States (US) Celebration of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD). The purpose of this article is to reflect on the event within the broader context of the international WHPCD theme: “healing hearts and communities.” We describe lessons learned in anticipation of the fourth annual conference to be held on 3–4 October 2023.

Methods

Description of the third annual event, conference planning team reflection, and attendee evaluation responses.

Results

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance launched WHPCD in 2005 as an annual unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care globally. Since 2020, the conference has attracted an increasing number of attendees from around the world. Two primary aims continue to guide the event: community building and wisdom sharing. Fifty-two interprofessional palliative care experts, advocates, patients, and caregivers provided 13 unique interactive sessions. Four hundred and fifty-eight multidisciplinary registrants from at least 17 countries joined the program. Free registration for colleagues in low- and middle-income countries, students and trainees, and individuals experiencing financial hardship remains a cornerstone of inclusion and equitable access to the event.

Significance of results

The US WHPCD celebration provides a virtual platform that offers opportunities for scientific dissemination and collective reflection on hospice and palliative care delivery amid significant local and global changes in clinical practice, research, policy and advocacy, and population health. We remain committed to ensuring an internationally relevant, culturally diverse, and multidisciplinary agenda that will continue to draw increased participation worldwide during future annual events.

Type
Original Article
Copyright
© The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press.

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