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Award for a University initiative on training in Palliative Care

The project, led by Dr. Carlos Centeno, professor at the academic center and researcher of Institute for Culture and Society, was awarded by the Albert Jovell Forum.

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Carlos Centeno with other participants in the award-winning project of Palliative Care.
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The work "Transformación de la attendance en la enfermedad avanzada y el final de la vida a través de la training sistemática en Cuidados Paliativos" led by the professor of the University of Navarra and researcher del Institute for Culture and SocietyCarlos Centeno, has been awarded result by the Albert Jovell Forum. Specifically, it won the runner-up prize in the category "best awareness campaign developed in the university environment" of these awards given to projects that improve health outcomes for patients and stand out for their innovative and approach humanistic character.

The award recognizes the work carried out since 2005 with the goal of "transforming the professional attendance in advanced illness and end of life". "The areas in which work has been done have been the enrichment of the curriculum of Degree and postgraduate program; the training continued and update scientific in Palliative Care for professionals; and various actions to raise awareness of the general population about the importance of having quality palliative care," explained Dr. Centeno, also director of the Palliative Medicine Unit of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.

In this sense, the subject of palliative care was launched in the Degree of Medicine and other related subjects such as clinical communication or decision making at the end of life. The implementation of this subject has also been promoted in the NursingDegree , collaborations were carried out with postgraduate courses in palliative care and other subjects, and training courses were organized for healthcare professionals and inter-hospital meetings. In addition, specific campaigns were launched with various institutions, organizations and the media.

All these activities reached a total of 2,300 future physicians and future nursing professionals and also more than 700 professionals in more than 120 meetings and encounters. Some results of these training actions have been published in international journals in which the teaching and medical Education experiences in palliative care are collected.

The submission awards ceremony took place at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona in the presence of numerous authorities and various institutions partner-health. The collection of short stories "Historias de la Clínica" of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra was also awarded at the event.