Progress and future of palliative care in Japan

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Since its introduction in early 1970s, palliative care in Japan has been rapidly disseminated, especially after the enactment of the Cancer Control Act. Palliative care unit had been the mainstream of location of palliative care service, however, more emphasis has been laid on home-based palliative programs recently. Implementation of education programs on basic palliative care among primary care providers who are engaged in cancer care has been very successful. Education programs for other health professionals (nurses and pharmacists) has been developed as well. A few governmentfunded, large-scale multicenter studies contributed to advancement of palliative care. Some of the landmark projects are described in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalliative Care
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives, Practices and Impact on Quality of Life. A Global View, Volume 1
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781536121032
ISBN (Print)9781536120844
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1


  • Cancer control act
  • Education
  • Network
  • Palliative care team
  • Palliative care unit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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