POS workshops 2020

3rd March 2020

In February staff, students, clinicians and policymakers gathered at the Cicely Saunders Institute for a two-day interactive event on using the Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) to advance clinical care and research.  The two-day programme of presentations, seminars, lively round table discussions was  aimed at healthcare professionals working in a wide range of palliative and end of life care settings (hospice, primary and secondary care, care homes, community services, specialist palliative care, social care) who use or plan to use POS or other patient reported outcome measures. 

POS measures assess physical symptoms, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs, and needs for information and support. Culturally adapted and translated versions of POS measures are also available in more than twelve languages. There are disease specific, generic and integrated versions available for use such as Integrated POS (IPOS) for Dementia (IPOS-Dem), Myeloma-specific version of the POS (MyPOS), specific version for renal patients (IPOS-Renal).

Delegates learned how outcome data can be used to improve care, understand clinical effectiveness and demonstrate cost-effectiveness of services.  POS Clinic sessions gave attendees the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to their organisation as well as share their experiences of implementing POS measures.

To learn more about POS please visit https://pos-pal.org/