Commissioners from all over the world convened in Cambridge and Boston May 13-15 to attend the second in-person meeting of the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Control (GAPCPC), hosted by HGEI and held at the Harvard Faculty Club and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Among the comprehensive list of goals for the meeting were finalizing the working definition of palliative care; discussing the Commission’s scope of work and implications for the Commission report; revisiting markers of success for the Commission; analyzing key knowledge gaps; and identifying challenges and opportunities for global, regional, and national action.
The meeting also featured updates from and sub-meetings of the Economic Evaluation and Metrics, and Models and Innovations working groups. The former working group is tasked with creating a set of metrics to better quantify both the burden of pain and economic cost of suffering. The Models and Innovations group seeks to identify capacity building innovations and promising models of delivery and financing, with an eye to creating country- specific cases and policy briefs that present strategies for integrating pain control and palliative care into national health systems around the world.
The commission, which unites specialists in pain control and palliative care with experts in global health and health systems, seeks to harness opportunities to integrate palliative care into universal health coverage; and to catalyze an evolution of thought that recognizes pain control and palliative care as an essential part of health systems and a priority for investment in health.
See the announcement of the Commission published in The Lancet here.