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P-17 Hospice use of the ‘EASE’ course to improve public confidence and skills around dying, death and bereavement
  1. Rebecca Patterson1,
  2. Lorna Reid2,
  3. Caroline Gibb1 and
  4. Mark Hazelwood1
  1. 1Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, UK
  2. 2Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, Glasgow, UK


Background Friends and family play an important supportive role when someone is caring, dying or grieving, but can lack confidence, knowledge and skills. Public education can support development of skills and knowledge, and the End-of-Life Aid Skills for Everyone (EASE) course was developed by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care for this purpose. The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice partnered with the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care to offer the online EASE course.

Aim(s) To evaluate public appetite for EASE among Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s public networks and its impact on participants’ confidence and skills.

Methods The course was advertised through hospice networks and delivered by accredited EASE facilitators three times over 12 months. Pre- and post- course evaluation questionnaires were collected.

Results Each course ran at capacity (n=15). Questionnaire responses indicated the course increased participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence around the subject matter.

Conclusions There is an appetite for the EASE course among Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s public networks. Participation improved people’s confidence and skills. Other Scottish hospices could consider offering EASE as part of their own public health initiatives.

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