Project ECHO in the Caribbean: Building a Virtual Community for Palliative Care Education Needs

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J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 Apr 22:S0885-3924(22)00695-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.04.174. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Despite a growing need, palliative care education tools tailored to providers in the Caribbean remain extremely limited. We conducted a mixed methods analysis of the first Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model adapted for palliative care providers in the Caribbean. These virtual, case-based sessions were held to enhance regional palliative care providers’ knowledge of symptom management, communication, and psychosocial support. Participants reported strong satisfaction and significant impacts on their practices. They described significant improvements in their sense of community (1.23, p=<0.01), confidence in palliative care skills (0.64, p=<0.01), and knowledge for each monthly topic. Our findings suggest that the ECHO model has been successfully adapted to the needs of palliative care providers in the Caribbean, though further capacity building, public policy, and research are needed to broaden access to palliative care across the region.

PMID:35470034 | DOI:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.04.174