Seventh Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference
- The seventh conference, themed ‘From Evidence to Impact: Co-designing Care for Future’, aimed to strengthen or intensify the significance and impact of research evidence to improve health and social care management and outcomes in national and global contexts. We invited internationally renowned scholars and experts to be our keynote and plenary speakers to share their insightful views and experiences with delegates. The delegates debated on a wide range of sub-themes and topics such as acute and critical care, aged and chronic illness care, cancer and palliative care, behavioural and mental wellness, and health system, policy and leadership. In addition, there was a 2-day pre-conference workshops on design and implementation of systematic review and the use and dissemination of the review evidence. Professor Riegel gave the keynote address on May 28 on the topic of self-care.
Self-Care in Chronic Illnesses: Third International Meeting June 16th 2021
- The constant increase of chronic diseases represents a challenge for patients, families and health systems. Because of chronic diseases, patients are at risk of lower quality of life, families have to manage complex situations, and health systems have to face increasing expenses. These issues can be addressed if patients and their families perform self-care which aims to keep stable chronic diseases, monitoring signs and symptoms and responding to signs and symptoms of exacerbations. Evidence shows that an adequate self-care improves chronic disease outcomes such as mortality, quality of life and inappropriate re-hospitalizations.
- In September, 2020 Linköping University offered a Self-Care course, which was attended by 20 students enrolled from Sweden, US, Iran, Italy, China, Denmark. The students have a variety of backgrounds such as nursing, psychology, and dental care. It was a 3 week course with live Zoom lectures, group work, virtual seminars and working groups with an international faculty. The students worked in different learning formats to develop an in-depth understanding of self-care in relation to chronic illness. The course was totally on-line for the first time. We hope to offer this course annually. For further information, contact Professor Tiny Jaarsma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Conference Outcomes
- Our planned face-to-face conference was cancelled due to the pandemic. So we held a 3-day virtual conference in June 2020. At this meeting we discussed results from the scoping review, which identified that relatively few of the published self-care interventions focus on the response to symptoms or self-care management. We agreed on the need for future research on this topic and spent our time discussing study methods.
2019 Conference Outcomes
- Our conference discussion is summarized in this publication: Riegel B, Dunbar SB, Fitzsimons D, Freedland K, Lee CS, Middleton S, Stromberg A, Webber D, Vellone E, Jaarsma T. Self-care research: Where are we now? Where are we going? International Journal of Nursing Studies. In press.