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The Palliative Care Centre for Excellence
in Research and Education (PalC)

The Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC) was set up as a tripartite collaboration by Dover Park Hospice, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and National Healthcare Group (NHG), in October 2017.

As the population ages, there is increased interest in the application of palliative care to non-cancer illnesses such as end-stage organ failure and dementia.

Message from the Team at PalC

Welcome and thank you for visiting the website for The Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC).

PalC was established in October 2017 with a dual aim to promote palliative care research and education, both being integral aspects in raising palliative care awareness, knowledge and skill.

Upcoming Courses

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Family Dignity Intervention (FDI): Psycho-Socio-Spiritual Care for Terminally-Ill Patients and their Families
24 Feb 2020 - 25 Feb 2020
Family Dignity Intervention (FDI): Psycho-Socio-Spiritual Care for Terminally-Ill Patients and their Families
24 Feb 2020 - 25 Feb 2020

This two-day professional workshop will provide participants with a unique opportunity to learn and experience a novel and clinically robust Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for cultivating existential wholeness among terminally-ill patients and their families facing the end of life. FDI is founded upon an empirical foundation on dignified palliative care in Asia and informed by Dignity Therapy; it comprises a highly-focus meaning-oriented interview with individual patient-caregiver dyad that is recorded, transcribed, and edited into a legacy document for sharing with the dyad’s family. A recent Randomized Controlled Trial with 140 participants provided strong evidence of FDI’s efficacy in improving patients’ quality of life, hope, positive life outlook and life meaning, as well as for decreasing caregivers’ stress and depressive symptoms while elevating quality of life and positive life outlook. FDI is an innovative and effective intervention for advancing holistic palliative care in Singapore.

Through mini-lectures, role-plays, hands-on practices, experiential exercises and case sharing, participants will learn the theoretical foundation, clinical skills and techniques of FDI for facilitating open and compassionate dialogue between patients and their carers that promote appreciation and reconciliation, foster relational bonds, and elicit transgenerational wisdoms to be shared across generations through the creation of a family legacy document. Participants will also learn ways to incorporate FDI into the provision of Advance Care Planning.

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