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Research for Palliative Care Clinicians


The “Research for Palliative Care Clinicians” program with Ref. 2020-1-RO01-KA202-080128 is being performed within the context of Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships-VET as a joint venture of the following Institutions:

The program aims to introduce basic research competences to day-to-day practice of palliative care clinicians.

Α curriculum will be designed and implemented (pilot phase) which will enable clinicians of all relevant specialties to value the importance of integrating research to clinical practice, to increase their research capacity both in reading/evaluating research and in conducting their own research and thus to improve the quality of the services provided to patients. Dissemination of the result will also be included in the project.

Duration: 2 years (1st December 2020 – 30th November 2022).

The tasks of the 1st Intellectual Output have been completed. A Framework of Core Research Competencies for Palliative Care Clinicians has been produced. 

Core Research Competencies – Framework

The notion of competence corresponds to the ability to apply knowledge and skills to successfully perform an activity at work.

Core Research Competencies - Infographic

  • Assess your research competency based on the Framework ENGRSPRO

Self-Assessment Quiz on Core Research Competencies - Infographic

Webinar 1

Prof. Catherine Walshe, «Tips for a good journal paper».

Webinar 2

Prof. Sheila Payne & Dr. Stephen Mason, «Interactive session with participants on writing a good journal paper».

Webinar 3

Prof. Dr. Carlos Centeno Cortés & Dr. Stephen Mason , «How to integrate and organize Journal Clubs within your palliative care clinical team».

Webinar 4

Dr. Charles von Gunten, «Experiencing Journal Clubs: Ηοw to generate interest and engagement at the level of the clinical team».

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Research method

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Justification of the research

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Problem statement

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Ε1. Research for all palliative care clinicians – Core research competencies framework for the multidisciplinary palliative care team

RESPACC: Research for all palliative care clinicians. Core research Competencies framework for the multidisciplinary palliative care team.

ERASMUS+: 2020-1-RO01-KA202-080128

Event host organization: Navarra University

Date and place: 17th Feb 2022, Zoom/ Navarra University

University of Navarra organized a hybrid (face-to-face and online) multiplier event. The event was promoted in advance on different communication channels (Project Facebook, Twitter & website, partners’ website, EAPC networks etc.).

The aim of this multiplier event was to engage stakeholders and experts, to discuss and provide feedback and input regarding the framework developed in O1, in order to prepare documentation for white-paper with recommendation of including core research competencies in PC clinicians’ training.

The structure of the event was as follow:

  1. Session with a Clinician-Researcher in Palliative Care
  2. Project presentation, highlighting the achievements.
  3. Core research competencies for PC clinicians – participants review, working in 3 groups: experts, palliative care health care professionals and educators
  4. Introductory session on qualitative research

Through this multiplier event, we targeted delegates from Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries where palliative care is being developed, and research is still struggling to be integrated. Additionally, the meeting was open worldwide, to all clinicians with an interest in research in palliative care.

There were 332 registrations, among which 106 were registered in the zoom and 19 attendees face to face, from 17 countries and 2 continents. Participants were from across the Spanish speaking countries. 

Using data gathered from registration forms, majority of attendees were from a medical background.

All professionals who registered, received a follow-up email with link to RESPACC project where they can find materials developed during the project and materials (PPTs and Articles) given in the multiplier event and the link of the recording webinar.

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Ε2. Building research capacity for palliative care clinicians

Ε3. Research competencies applied to clinical care

C1. Introducing palliative care clinicians to critical reading and academic writing, Athens, GREECE (2- 4 May 2022)

Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Science Literacy

Retrieving Relevant Literature for your clinical issue

Critical Reading of scientific text

Understanding the Quality of the article

Publishing your research as an article

Presenting your research at the conference – poster and oral presentation

C2. Translating clinical issues into research projects, Bucharest, ROMANIA (26- 30 September 2022)

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Research for all palliative care clinicians 2020-1-RO01-KA202-080128