The ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care accreditation programme was initiated in 2003 and recognises cancer centres that provide highly integrated oncology and palliative care services. The goal of the programme is to improve research, education and clinical practice by setting standards for service development.
Cancer centres which provide comprehensive services in supportive and palliative care as part of their routine care can apply to receive the ESMO recognition as an "ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care". The ESMO designation is valid for three years and the centres can reapply.
The pre-planned secondary analysis of the survey conducted in 2016 to characterise the structure, processes and outcomes of the palliative care programmes at ESMO Designated Centers is now available online in ESMO Open.
The first article on the 'Characterisitcs and level of integration of ESMO Designated Centres of integrated oncology and palliative care' was published in October 2016 in Annals of Oncology.