ESMO Designated Centres Survey

ESMO Designated Centres Survey

The ESMO Designated Centres of Oncology and Palliative Care Incentive Programme has grown rapidly over the past decade, and now includes nearly 200 institutions from 41 countries worldwide.

The objective of this survey was to characterise the level of integration of palliative care in the global community of ESMO Designated Centres of Oncology and Palliative Care.

Specifically, we wanted to better understand the structure, processes and outcomes among these centres of excellence, and to learn about novel approaches to attain integration.

We will also evaluate the validity of major integration indicators developed by a Delphi consensus process, and examine the benefits associated with obtaining an ESMO designation.

The abstract from this study was presented in the Supportive and palliative care Poster Discussion Session during ESMO 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday 8 October 2016.


The survey consisted of three parts: 

Part A: Services and Structures
  • General information
  • Inpatient palliative care unit/beds
  • Inpatient consultation service
  • Palliative care outpatient clinic
  • Community based palliative care/hospice
Part B: Education and Research  
  • Education programmes
  • Research in palliative care
Part C: ESMO Designated Centre
  • Attitudes and beliefs toward ESMO designation

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