Scientific programme

The abstract-driven part of the programme is organised in “streams”, overall topics that delegates can follow throughout the programme. An overview of topics included in each streamer is found in the programme at glance, which can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.

The Vittorio Ventafridda lecture in bern will be held by professor Irene Higginson, Head of Division and Director of Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, UK.

Themed sessions:

  • Research methodology – how to’s
  • Nursing research in palliative care
  • Early palliative care: Where to go from here?
  • Caring for palliative care patients at home
  • Challenges in the design and application of economic evaluation in palliative care research
  • The need for national research programs
  • Swiss session

Abstract presentation categories:

All abstracts selections have been made by the scientific committee.

Plenary abstracts
5 outstanding abstracts were selected for presentation in the plenary sessions.

Free communication abstracts
114 abstracts with high scores were selected for oral presentations in parallel sessions. The free communication sessions have been organised as “streamers” (overall topics) that participants can follow throughout the programme.

Method discussion abstracts
12 abstracts with high scores were selected for method discussion sessions, which have a stronger focus on methodological challenges and study design.

Poster presentations
402 abstracts were selected for poster presentation in one poster set which is available for the duration of the congress.

Print only
Abstracts that were accepted, but did not achieve a high enough score for a poster presentation, will be published in an online special edition of Palliative Medicine by Sage.

Abstracts with an average score lower than 1.5, were rejected by the scientific committee.

Please note that abstracts will only be available online, there will not be printed abstract books available during the congress.