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IAPC Annual Education & Research Seminar 2018

Platform Presentations 2018:

An exploration of how specialist palliative care nurses identify and manage patients with existential distress.

Zara Fay, Clinical Nurse Specialist- Community Palliative Care Team, St Francis Hospice, Dublin Download


Financial Toxicity in Advanced Cancer Patients in an Irish Setting

Dr Aine Ni Laoire, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, Milford Care Centre, Limerick Download


Assessing the Burden Experienced by Caregivers of Patients Receiving Specialist Palliative Care

Dr Bridget Johnston, Research Fellow, Health Economics and Health Policy, Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin Download


Knowledge of Palliative Radiotherapy Amongst Oncology and Palliative Care Nurses: A Quantitative Study

Kim Hayden, Clinical Nurse Specialist- Community Palliative Care Team, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin Download


Subjective & Objective Assessment of Taste & Smell Abnormalities in Advanced Cancer

Ms Niamh Mc Gettigan, Undergraduate Dietitian Project, Dublin Institute of Technology and Academic Department of Palliative Medicine, Education & Research Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin Download


Implementation of Phase 1 Outcome Measures in a Specialist Palliative Medicine Unit: Feasibility and Acceptability

Dr Fiona Kiely, Consultant Palliative Medicine, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Cork


Complexity and outcomes of paediatric patients cared for by a general community palliative care team

Dr Mairead Doherty, Registrar in Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Team, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin Download


Qualitative study exploring the experience of homelessness staff working with homeless people with life-limiting illnesses

Dr Aoibheann Ni Chonfhaola, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, St Francis Hospice Dublin and Milford Care Centre, Limerick Download


Non-Specialist Palliative Care: A Concept Analysis

Mary Nevin, Health Research Board Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin Download


Poster Presentations 2018

(i) Bereavement

Anticipatory Grief in Carers of People with Parkinson’s Disease Download

When a parent dies: Questions children ask Health Care Professionals in Hospice based support group


(ii) Cancer 

Symptom Scale Preference in Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients 3C

Community Palliative Care CNSs experiences of caring for patients concurrently receiving palliative and oncology care



Heart Rate Variability in Cancer-Related Fatigue 7C

Prevalence of constipation in Irish cancer patients: a national point prevalence study 8C

Cardiac Muscle Function in Cancer-Related Fatigue 9C


(iii) Children’s Palliative Care

Trajectories, Characteristics and Symptom Occurrence in Children receiving Radiotherapy on Referral to a Specialist Palliative Care Team 10

Location of Death of Children referred to the Specialist Peadiatric Palliative Care Team 11

Paediatric Referrals to a Community Specialist Palliative Care Service: A Retrospective Profile 12


(iv) Education

Integrative Literature Review on how general and palliative care nurses identify and assess delirium 13E

Exploring the Experiences of Hospice at Home Clinical Nurse Specialists working in an Irish Setting 14E

Out of Hours Palliative Care Advice: Who’s calling and what do they need to know? 15E


(v) Non-Malignant Conditions

End stage liver disease: Patient population with an unrecognised and unmet need?

Nurses’ experiences caring for patients with Motor Neurone Disease in the palliative care inpatient unit 17N

Exhale- A palliative physiotherapy programme for advanced lung disease in a hospice outpatient setting

Palliative Care for People with Advanced Parkinson’s Disease: Views of Specialist Palliative Care Healthcare Professionals

Determining driving safety for palliative care patients: a literature review based on systematic principles 20N

Generalist and specialist palliative care for patients with non-malignant respiratory disease: an all-Ireland qualitative study 21N


(vi) Older Person Care

An Exploration of an Older Person’s Perception of Meaningful Activity in a Continuing Care Setting

Correlation of the ‘surprise question’ with adverse outcomes among frail patients in the emergency department 23O

Compassionate End-of-Life Care in Residential Settings – A Quality Improvement Approach 24O


(vii) Pain and Symptom Management

A Cross-Sectional Examination of Extrapyramidal Side-Effects (EPSE) in a Specialist Palliative Medicine Inpatient Unit Download

A review of tunneled indwelling catheter (PleurX) placement for management of malignant effusions and ascites in a tertiary hospital in Ireland 26P

Utilisation of AIRVO in Palliative Care 27P

Exploring Smoking Cessation in Palliative Care 28P

Advanced Care Planning: A Study of the Experiences of Community Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) 29P

Time to pull the plaster off? A Review of Lidocaine Plaster Usage on Admission to a Specialist Palliative Care Unit Download

Guidelines on symptom control at end of life in an acute hospital 31P

Successful Use of Acupuncture for Symptom Control in Specialist Palliative Care 32P


(viii) Primary Care

Baseline Measure: Access to Specialist Palliative Care Advice Out of Hours 33


(ix) Psychosocial Care

Identifying the core features and outcomes of a specialised camp programme for children with life-limiting conditions and their families: A qualitative multiple-perspective study Download

An Exploration of the needs of a Cardiac Population Using a Subjective Quality-of-Life Measure

Assessing the Prevalence of Depression, Anxiety and Distress among Palliative Inpatients in an Acute Hospital Setting Download


(x) Spirituality, Clutural and Ethical Issues

Multi- Disciplinary Team Experiences Regarding Conversations about Sexuality in a Palliative Care Service 37S

The Legacy of the Northern Ireland Conflict in Palliative Care 38S


(xi) Quality Improvement and Policy Development

A review of inpatient activity data in a Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) Unit over a ten year period 39Q

Developing the AIIHPC Palliative Care Research Network Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022 Download

Overview of Length of Stay in a Community Palliative Care Service 41Q

Evaluation of joint working between the renal and palliative care teams in an acute hospital Download

A Review of Documentation of Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Orders in a Specialist Palliative Care Inpatient Unit 43Q

Evaluation of the Pharmacy Service provided to a Hospice 44Q

A Qualitative Descriptive Study Exploring the Views of Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurses, Regarding the Role of Specialist Palliative Care Services in Supporting the Out-of-Hours Care of Palliative Patients and their Carers.

Introduction of the VIP Compass® Palliative Medicine Navigation Tool to a hospital oncology unit

Using outcome measurement to capture complexity in a Specialist Palliative Care Unit 47Q

Evaluation of Specialist Palliative Care Services from the perspectives of bereaved persons 48Q

Patients’ and Caregivers’ Perceptions of Specialist Palliative Care Services and Palliative Care

Gabapentin and pregabalin use, misuse and associated risks in the palliative care setting 50Q


(xii) Case Series

Total parenteral nutrition administration in a hospice patient with advanced cancer

Communication Challenges in Children’s Palliative Care Download

Service Evaluation-Paediatrics and Community Palliative Care

A Cortisol Crisis Download

Opioid-induced Bronchospasm

Making an “impossible” discharge possible: integrated rapid discharge planning approach to fulfil a patient’s wish Download

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall Download

Myoclonus – Not always part of the “opioid epidemic” A case report of lithium toxicity mimicking opioid toxicity Download


(xiii) Clinical Audits

A comparison of the provision of Specialist Palliative Care to a cohort of patients with GOLD Stage D COPD, 2014 and 2016

Patient Falls in a Palliative Population

Documentation of Individual Care Plan in a Hospice Setting

Audit of the Assessment and Management of Constipation in Patients receiving Specialist Palliative Care in an Acute Hospital

An Audit of the Management of Malignant Spinal Cord Compression in an Acute Hospital

Audit of CPR /DNAR Documentation in October 2016 and January 2017

An Audit of Prescribing in an Inpatient Hospice unit

A Review of Medication Prescribing and Administration in a Specialist Palliative Care Inpatient Unit

Transfer of Information from Inpatient to Community Care on Discharge

Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor (NCHD) admission document author identification in a Specialist Palliative Medicine Inpatient Unit

The prescribing of Diluent in syringe drivers for Palliative Care patients in an acute hospital


(xiv) Service Development

After Action Reflection: an interagency collaboration to improve standards in complex discharges at end of life

Living with a Neurological Illness Planning for the Future

ICBN standards

The Peoples charter and dying, death and bereavement in Ireland.

Widening Involvement of Service, Users, Carers and Citizens in Palliative Care on the island of Ireland

AIIHPC Project ECHO: Nursing Homes

Developing a Palliative Hub: lessons from the island of Ireland

The KINDLE Project: Identifying key themes and messages from the Palliative Care Research Network

Research capacity building to address the public health need for palliative care