Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 348–350

Palliative medicine and the hospice movement in Taiwan

  • Y.-L. Lai
  • Wen Hao Su

DOI: 10.1007/s005200050090

Cite this article as:
Lai, YL. & Su, W. Support Care Cancer (1997) 5: 348. doi:10.1007/s005200050090


 Taiwan is an island country, with a small area and a dense population. Cancer has been the leading cause of death for over 15 years, and the number of cancer deaths is increasing year by year. The hospice movement started in 1983, and the first hospice was set up in 1990. There are more than ten hospices at present. Three foundations and one other organization have joined in with the hospice movement. The capacity of the hospice service cannot meet the needs for care. Education together with training is becoming necessary. Research is highlighted with an indigenous model. The curriculum for palliative medicine has recently been confirmed for education in the future. The Government has been a great help in the development of palliative care, and more service needs are identified. The situation with the hospice movement in Taiwan is positive and promising.

Key words Palliative care Palliative medicine Taiwan Terminal cancer care 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Y.-L. Lai
    • 1
  • Wen Hao Su
    • 1
  1. 1.Hospice Center, Mackay Memorial Hospital, 92, Sec. 2, Chung San N. Road, Taipei 10449, Taiwan Fax: (886) 2–39 66 116 or (886) 2–80 83 214TW

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