POS workshop 2021

12th April 2021

Dr Mev Hocaoglu writes:

On 29 March 2021, 99 delegates and speakers from around the world joined a live online event, POS Workshop 2021, to discuss current concepts and new directions in measuring life threatening illnesses, clinical complexity, and multiple long-term conditions in a changed world.  In previous years the event has been held at the Cicely Saunders Institute but restrictions due to the pandemic meant that this year the event was hosted via Microsoft Teams.

The event was opened by Professor Irene Higginson, on behalf of the POS Development Team and the South London ARC Palliative care and End of Life Theme.

The keynote presentation was delivered by the New Zealand Team: Dr Margaret Sandham, Professor Richard Siegert, and Professor Ajit Narayanan, who shared their knowledge on machine-learning to improve diagnostics with the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS).

This year’s workshop also featured a session on COVID-19, looking at how IPOS can capture symptoms and robustly document symptom trajectories. The session included case studies from the King’s College London and CovPall studies.

Professor Fliss Murtagh covered training activities and challenges. Ariana Auyeung (KCL final year Medical Student), Public and Patient Involvement Group member Rashmi Kumar and Project and Research Assistant Rachel Cripps presented findings of their rapid review of studies using Patient Reported Outcome Measures to understand the involvement of patient voices in caring for patients with covid.

Professor Max Watson of Hospice UK led a session on the ECHO Project, a virtual community initiative designed to facilitate patient outcomes research with rapid collection of data and engagement of frontline healthcare professionals.  Jamilla Hussain shared her reflections about the ECHO network and using IPOS during the pandemic to build evidence.

There were also presentations on the longitudinal validation of IPOS, on the new Children’s POS, item validation, cross-cultural adaptation of IPOS in India, and application of IPOS for people living with dementia.

For further information about POS, and to register for future events please visit www.pos-pal.org