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Review for International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Inc, Houston, TX, USA
Palliative care in Albania is still a developing field that has to face great challenges.
This service is offering only by NGO’s.
The new units created by Ministry of Health at the Regional Hospitals do not have the right access and capacity to offer this service with quality and standards.
The palliative care is offered only for cancer patient and thus the chronically ill in advanced stages, suffer with pain and untreated symptoms.
Despite the information offered by PC teams, doctors and nurses are still reluctant to use the opioids to alleviate the pain; they have lack of skills in evaluation and treatment of pain.
Palliative care is not part of curricula at University of Medicine, there are only a few basic lectures in oncology subject.
The family physicians do not specialized in Palliative Care, even they are in continuous contact with this category of patients.
To face these challenges you need to have positive experiences, support and knowledge.
I have participated in a lot of activities about PC, including this Congress, that have helped me to enlarge my knowledge and professional competence in such e specific field.
This congress was very particular and worthwhile about the information that we share, for the networks we created with friends, colleagues and leaders of PC all around the world, for the discussions about our future challenges and for commitment toward this unique kind of care.
The presentations and information offered through posters and oral presentations by experts and colleagues has inspired and motivated me to continue my dedicated work in PC and to give my impute in spread and development of this service across my country.
All the sessions that I have followed have had valuable information for evaluation and management of pain and physical symptoms, the use of analgesics /opioids especially in pediatric ages.
I have realized the importance of education of healthcare professionals in PC and the various ways to find and attend educational sessions, the future plans of EAPC and also the importance of personal impute of every healthcare professional in enlargement and development of PC in his/her own country.
I also appreciated the friendly conversations with colleagues and experts of PC and the sharing of our experiences and values. This kind of communication sound very encouraging and inspiring for me because I realized that weall have to face the same challenges and to have the same commitment to be:” A voice, a vision; Palliative Care everywhere and for everyone”.
I want that all this experience to influence my work and to improve my competence like nurse and trainer in PC.
The participation in the EAPC congress was a privilege, a pleasure and a wonderful experience and I owe a debt of thanks to IAHPC for the traveling scholarship that they offered to me.