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Curr Oncol Rep. 2011 Aug;13(4):290-4. doi: 10.1007/s11912-011-0169-9.

Palliative medicine: barriers and developments in mainland China.

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Department of Palliative Medicine, West China Fourth Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.


The development of palliative care in China is vital to the care of its aging population and associated increase in cancer incidence. There are physician-related and population-related barriers which impede palliative care development. The first institute for hospice care was established in Tianjin. Community hospices (Ning Yang Yuan) have been established by the Li Ka Shing Foundation. Academic centers such as the one in Chengdu associated with Sichuan University have partnered with the World Health Organization to establish centers of excellence to both develop and teach palliative care to physicians in training and practice. The National Hospice Service Program has developed five principles to the practice of palliative care in China.

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