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Well-prepared for End-Of-Life Care

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10 June 2019


Well-prepared for End-Of-Life Care


Palliative Care refers to the approach on improving the quality of life of terminally-ill patients, their families who are facing problems on taking care of the patients, and to lead the patients and their families on anticipating death.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that Palliative Care should be in key global mandates, and the access to Palliative Care should be improved especially in primary care and community/home-based care1


Hong Kong is facing a rapidly ageing population and rising prevalence of chronic diseases.  In addition, Hong Kong people enjoy the longest life expectancies in the world.  The needs for Palliative Care services in the community is progressively increasing.  Palliative Care services are mainly provided by public hospitals under the Hospital Authority (HA) in Hong Kong.  Comprehensive care through inter-disciplinary collaboration are provided for the terminally-ill patients.


In view of the growing demands on Palliative Care services, while the public lacks knowledge on such services, the Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) has set up the “Committee on End of Life Care” in February this year.  Members of the Committee are experts from medical, legal and social sectors.  HKMA’s President, Dr. HO Chung Ping, MH, JP, and Council Member cum Specialist in Geriatric Medicine, Dr. SHEA Tat Ming, Paul, co-chair the Committee.  The Committee is set up to coordinate care services for terminal-ill patients approaching the end of life, to create synergies among different sectors to exchange experiences and views, and to enhance the awareness on EOL Care of medical doctors.  EOL Care services offered by community healthcare professionals are expected to be strengthened, so as to improve the quality of life of the terminally-ill patients in the community.


A “Symposium on End of Life Care” was co-organized by the HKMA and HA yesterday (9 June) in the Centre for Health Protection.  Experts of various professional fields were invited to give talks on pain control, practical tips, legal issues on EOL Care, social care and palliative care development in HA, so that the participating doctors can be updated with the latest EOL Care services for better management of their patients in need.



1        World Health Organization – Key Facts on Palliative Care  


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The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts.  The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health.  The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world.  In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.


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