1. The systematic literature review applyes standard methods (search strategy: identification, screening, eligibility, inclusion; assessment of article applying STROBE criteria and Cochrane for quality). The data base search, selection of papers, and preliminary data extraction by a core team (lead: Saskia Teunissen; involved: E. de Graaf, Augusto Caraceni, Nathan Cherny, Rolf Oberholzer, Florian Strasser) is expected to be finished by 30. September 2011. For the full paper selected additional experts in specialist palliative care are invited, who are interested in the work of the task force, to critically review the findings including contribution in final data extraction. Critiera and options for experts will be proposed by the chairs of the Task Force to the EAPC board in december 2011. The paper shall be submitted for publication by March 2012.
2. An international survey to find the level of palliative care development, program development, education and integration with other subspecialties was developed in 2011 by the palliative care group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), in collaboration with ESMO (Chair Palliative Care Working Group, Nathan Cherny) and EAPC (Chair of this task force, Florian Strasser). The content and approach is oriented on the US survey [Hui D, JAMA 2010] and adapted to cover the European countries too. The survey is expected to be launched in Q4/2011, data will be available by Q1/2 2012, and a manuscript is expected to be submitted by end of Q2/2012. The writing committee will encompass the people involved in preparation, and in addition interested members of this Task Force able to invest in data analysis and manuscript preparation.
3. An online survey requesting content, competencies and care processes of specialist palliative care practices and of the institutionalized integration procedures is developped by the co-chairs of the TF (lead FS), based on own experience and preliminary results of the literature review. A draft version, including inclusion criteria for participants, is expected by 31. october 2010. The participants of the prior meetings on integration of oncology and palliative care, conducted at EAPC meetings, and persons already known to the chairs as being actively interested, as well as the EAPC board, will receive the draft survey for revision, and for voicing interest to participate, by e-mail. The final survey is expected to ready in december 2011. It will be answered only by the specialist palliative care teams. The data analysis and manuscript writing will be lead by the chairs of the TF, amended by interested participants. A manuscript is expected to be submitted by end of Q2/2012.
4. Upon invitation of ESMO, the PCWG, the chair of the TF (Florian Strasser) made an e-learning module on integrationof oncology and palliative care. A link to this e-learning may be provided by EAPC, also an additional commentary of members of the EAPC board may be amended.
1. Examples of best practices models of integration.
2. Improved evidence base and updated research agenda.
3. Argumentarium to further improve effectiveness of specialist palliative care in specific disciplines. To improve integration of appropriate ressources of both patients who do not get access to oncological care when cared for by specialist palliative care and patients in oncology who have unmet palliative care needs.