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Specialty recognition and global development 

Specialty recognition and global development
Specialty recognition and global development

David Clark

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date: 28 February 2021

The growing number of doctors working in hospices began to seek formal recognition for the specialist nature of their work. Discussions began with the Royal Colleges about how this could be achieved. There were workforce issues to be considered, as well as matters of training, development, and accreditation. The creation of specialist journals to disseminate research and clinical practice, the endorsement of the World Health Organization, and the growth of international networks of collaboration, all began to define a new field of activity. Formal recognition for palliative medicine happened first in the United Kingdom—100 years after the publication of Munk’s classic work. In time, other countries followed suit. This chapter shows how the field was now poised for an expanding role, with global dimensions. However, at the same time it faced challenges about boundaries, definition, and focus.

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