MIRAI 2.0 R&I Week 2023 

Serious Illness Conversations – Enhancing sustainable early integrated palliative care

Sofia Andersson 
Communication, early integrated palliative care, serious illness conversations, sustainable palliative care
Short workshop abstract:
This workshop aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills to engage in serious illness conversations and reflect on how these conversations can be utilized in palliative care cross-culturally. The definition and content of serious illness conversations will be explored and their role in early palliative care highlighted. Current research in the field will be presented, followed by a group discussion on potential ethical challenges associated with these conversations. The workshop will explore palliative care approaches and cross-cultural experiences in Sweden and Japan through discussions and activities. Participants will be introduced to the serious illness conversation guides in English, Swedish and Japanese. There will be an opportunity to practice having a serious illness conversation using the provided guides. The workshop will include interactive activities involving drawing, discussions, and role plays. Opportunities for research collaborations between Swedish and Japanese researchers will also be explored. A debriefing session will allow for reflection and sharing of experiences.