Poster Title: Predicting Survival in Patients with Advanced Cancer in Home Care Setting Using Palliative Prognostic Index
Dr. Fadi Abu-Farsakh is a palliative care consultant working at King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, since 2014. Dr. Abu-Farsakh is board-certified in internal medicine and palliative care. He is interested in the development of palliative and home care services in Jordan and has been actively involved in teaching medical students, residents and other health-care providers. He is also interested in prognostication and end-of-life care, and has many papers presented in national and international conferences about these topics.
This is my second time to participate in the Palliative Care Network Conference and I am really enjoying this event; being online gives you the chance to spend the time you need to read the posters, at the time that suits you. The quality of the posters was extremely high, with a funds of knowledge. It allows the people around the world to get the latest updates and to improve their practice without leaving their home. I would like to thank the organizers for facilitating the transmission of knowledge and to thank the participants for enriching this event.
Once again I would like to thank you at Palliative Care Network for the great efforts and keep it up.
Poster Title: Health Related Quality of Life of Advanced Cancer Patients Who Express a Wish to Hasten Death
Iris Crespo is a psychologist trained in research and specialized in the field of comprehensive care for patients with advanced disease. I obtained my doctorate degree in 2016 from the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. My doctoral thesis was about psychological consequences of pituitary tumors and quality of life.
I have spent my entire professional career working in the field of clinical research. My research career began with a scholarship to promote young talent within the field of research. Once I obtained my doctorate, I was hired by the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona as a post-doctoral researcher. That is how I joined the palliative care research group of the WeCare: End of Life Care. During my three years at the university, my research has been focused on the psychological and spiritual aspects of cancer patients with advanced disease.
In 2017, I obtained a mobility grant for a 4 month post-doctoral research placement at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, a reference hospital for treatments and psychotherapies applied to cancer patients and their families.
Throughout my professional career I have collaborated in various funded, competitive and non-competitive projects, always focused on looking at the psycho-emotional consequences of non-curable diseases of great clinical complexity and their impact on the quality of life.
I am very grateful for this award and would like to congratulate you for this innovative initiative which contributes to make research and knowledge in palliative care visible to many people around the world.
Poster Title: A Survey of U.S. Hospice Professionals Regarding Medical Cannabis Practices
Ryan Costantino is currently the Army Pharmacoeconomic/Outcomes Research Fellow located in Baltimore, MD where he is concurrently completing a Masters in Patient Health Service Research and a Pain/Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency (PGY2). Ryan earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA. He previously served a General Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) at the University of Maryland Medical Center and holds dual Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP).
I greatly enjoyed participating in the International Palliative Care Network Poster Exhibition. It was an excellent platform to share updates on palliative care research being conducted and is a cost-effective way to gain an international perspective on issues we are all working as a community to address. It is always an honor to be recognized for your work and I’m extremely to the Palliative Care Network, my co-investigators, and my mentor Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson who encouraged me to participate in the exhibition.