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Chair ICO/UVIC-UCC of palliative care at the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia: an innovative multidisciplinary model of education, research and knowledge transfer


Objectives Generation and dissemination of knowledge is a relevant challenge of palliative care (PC). The Chair Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO)/University of Vic (UVIC) of Palliative Care (CPC) was founded in 2012, as a joint project of the ICO and the University of Vic/Central of Catalonia to promote the development of PC with public health and community-oriented vision and academic perspectives. The initiative brought together professionals from a wide range of disciplines (PC, geriatrics, oncology, primary care and policy) and became the first chair of PC in Spain. We describe the experience of the CPC at its fifth year of implementation.

Methods Data collection from annual reports, publications, training and research activities.

Results Results for period 2012–2017 are classified into three main blocks: (1) Programme: (a) The advanced chronic care model (Palliative needs (NECPAL)); (b) the psychosocial and spiritual domains of care (Psychosocial needs (PSICPAL)); (c) advance care planning and shared decision making (Advance care planning (PDAPAL)); and (d) the compassive communities projects (Society involvement (SOCPAL)). (2) Education and training activities: (a) The master of PC, 13 editions and 550 professionals trained; (b) postgraduate course on psychosocial care, 4 editions and 140 professionals trained; and (c) workshops on specific topics, pregraduate training and online activities with a remarkable impact on the Spanish-speaking community. (3) Knowledge-transfer activities and research projects: (a) Development of 20 PhDs projects; and (b) 59 articles and 6 books published.

Conclusion Being the first initiative of chair in PC in Spain, the CPC has provided a framework of multidisciplinary areas that have generated innovative experiences and projects in PC.

  • palliative care
  • education
  • teaching
  • research
  • knowledge
  • international cooperation
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