The symposium took place at the Garrison Institute, New York from 8 to 11 November. Participants include professionals working in palliative and hospice care – nurses, physician assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers.
The organisers anticipate that the gathering will encourage leading researchers, physicians, spiritual care providers and patient advocates to learn from each other and grow as healers.
Participants will share contemplative best practices and experiential teachings, while collectively beginning work toward common standards of practice.
Keynote speakers and topics at the symposium include:
- Dr Anthony Black – Strengthening your clinical practice
- Dr Diane Meier: Palliative care – Deploying mindfulness to transform the care of serious illness
- Dr BJ Miller: Vanishing point – The aesthetic potential of palliative care
Neuroscience research has demonstrated the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness-based techniques in both patient healing and caregiver self-care. Mindfulness practices are increasingly being explored and used, particularly by palliative and end-of-life care teams. Many institutions with an integrative medicine focus are exploring how to incorporate contemplative techniques into their standard of practice, with the objective of cost-effectively improving both patient and staff outcomes.