As part of the International Liver Congress (ILC) 2021, the EASL Takeaways take a look at key topics from the congress, with leading experts discussing the most impactful science and putting it into perspective.In this episode, two members of the EASL Nurse and Allied Health Professional (AHP) Task Force – Jennifer Towey and Palle Bager – discuss their personal highlights from the congress that are relevant to nurses and AHPs.

They first reflect on a case study session regarding a patient with alcoholic liver cirrhosis and ongoing alcohol abuse problems, highlighting the importance of a patient-centred approach and multidisciplinary team input. They then summarize the key messages from a ‘meet-the-experts’ session where two patients shared their experiences of receiving liver transplants, before exploring the importance of giving patients opportunities to optimise their care. Finally, they discussed a symposium on the benefits and challenges of collaborative working in palliative care.

Biographies

Palle Bager Palle Bager is a clinical nurse specalist in the department of Hepatolgoy and Gastronterology at the Univeristy of Aarhus University Hosptial in Denmark. He is also a member of the EASL Nurse and Allied Health Professionals Task Force.
Jennifer Towey Jenny Towey is a Specialist Dietitian working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Liver Unit, Birmingham. She is also a HEE/NIHR award holder for a Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship. Her specialist interests include nutritional assessment and management of alcohol-related liver disease and hepatic encephalopathy. She is actively involved in research and is passionate about standardising nutritional assessment and management for all those with end-stage liver disease.