The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

Other Activities

The International Programs includes a diverse and expansive range of international activities

Situational Assessment and Strategic Planning

In collaboration with other international facilitators, IPMSDH faculty meet with clinical and governmental opinion leaders in each host country to discuss health policies, palliative medicine availability, opioid importation, distribution and prescribing practices, professional education needs, funding issues and other factors affecting the development of a comprehensive palliative care program. Findings from a comprehensive situational assessment, along with estimates of annual opioid need, are used to develop a multi-year strategy for increasing access to palliative care.

Technical Assistance with Program Implementation: Customized technical assistance to help policy-makers, regulators and national champions in healthcare systems implement comprehensive palliative care programs in their countries

The IPMSDH International Programs offer technical assistance to help national champions and healthcare systems implement comprehensive palliative care programs. IPMSDH faculty assist with the development and implementation of strategic and business plans; quality standards, clinical practice and treatment guidelines and performance improvement strategies to establish expectations for palliative care delivery and specific criteria for evaluating and improving performance; data collection systems to support evaluation of implementation processes, service quality and clinical outcomes; and communications/marketing strategies to increase media and public awareness of the need for, and benefits of, palliative care for the country.

Collaborative Evaluation and Research to identify policy, education, program implementation and quality improvement interventions that consistently produce positive outcomes across populations and clinical settings

One of the International Programs’ major goals is to identify policy, education, program implementation and quality improvement interventions that consistently produce positive outcomes across populations and clinical settings. To build this evidence base, all interventions include a rigorous evaluation of the structure, process and impact of the education and program implementation activities, and the experience of the participants, the host organization and the patients and families who are the recipients of the care. Examples include evaluation of knowledge, attitudes, and perceived competence; improvements in palliative care infrastructure, comprehensiveness of patient care, patient-reported pain scores, and the country’s reported level of opioid consumption relative to estimated need.

Knowledge and Information Dissemination: Strategies to 'bring our international experiences home' and share them with colleagues locally, throughout the USA, and internationally

In keeping with the vision of “bringing the experience back home,” the IPMSDH International Programs share insights on the provision of culturally appropriate and integrated palliative care gained abroad with palliative care professionals locally and throughout the United States. Promising and proven approaches to educational interventions and palliative care program development, along with other palliative care resources, are publicized through a variety of communication channels, including publications, conference presentations and an IPMSDH web portal.

Advocacy for Worldwide Palliative Care: Collaboration with governments, organizations and international foundations to promote pain management and palliative care as a fundamental human right and essential healthcare service

For Further Information:

International Programs
The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice
4311 Third Avenue
San Diego, California 92103-1407
+1 (619) 278-6113

InternationalProgram@sdhospice.org

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