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Palliative care in Japan 

Palliative care in Japan
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Palliative care in Japan
Author(s):

Sayaka Takenouchi

and Keiko Tamura

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0078
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date: 12 November 2018

In Japan, the palliative care approach to patients and families differs from the approach provided by other departments, especially the consideration of patients‘ families and cultural backgrounds, which plays a significant role in planning their care. Even if palliative care at home becomes well developed, there will always be patients who will choose to spend the last days of their lives in the general hospitals. It is therefore essential to offer chances for any medical professionals who provide care to patients and families facing life-threatening illness to be educated so that they can offer high quality palliative care for those in need.

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