Author: Yongyi Chen, Boyong Shen, Junchen Guo
Affiliations: Hunan Cancer Hospital; Palliative Care Technology Training and Guidance Base of Hunan Province
The inaugural meeting of the Hunan Palliative Care Remote Multidisciplinary Collaborative Alliance was successfully held in Changsha, China on March 10, 2023. More than 300 representatives from 93 medical institutions from within and outside Hunan Province attended this conference.
Professor Yimin Zhu, Deputy Director of the Health Commission of Hunan Province, delivered a keynote speech. He stressed that the development of palliative care in Hunan Province needs the joint efforts of the whole province to achieve common progress and benefit more patients, and hoped that the Hunan Palliative Care Remote Multidisciplinary Collaborative Alliance would spare no effort to promote palliative care with high starting point planning, high standard promotion, high efficiency implementation, and high-quality implementation.
Professor Yazhou Xiao, President of Hunan Cancer Hospital, pointed out that the Hunan Palliative Care Remote Multidisciplinary Collaborative Alliance is in line with the overall development healthy, and is based on the current situation of the ageing population and high incidence of cancer. Hunan Cancer Hospital will shoulder the mission and play a leading role to further comprehensively improve the quality of life of end-stage patients.
Professor Winnie So, President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, joined the conference online. She said that the establishment of the Hunan Palliative Care Remote Multidisciplinary Collaborative Alliance is a model for the provision of high-quality palliative care. The collaboration of multidisciplinary experts can have a synergistic effect so that more patients in need of palliative care can live the last journey of life in peace, comfort and dignity without regrets.
The conference formally established Hunan Cancer Hospital as the presiding unit of the first Hunan Palliative Care Remote Multidisciplinary Collaboration Alliance; Professor Lihui Zhu, the deputy secretary of Hunan Cancer Hospital, as the chairman of the alliance; and Professor Yongyi Chen as the chief expert. 8 hospitals were included as the vice-chairman institutes, and 84 hospitals were included as the committee institutes.
The establishment of the Hunan Palliative Care Remote Multidisciplinary Collaborative Alliance shows that palliative care work in Hunan has reached a new stage. As a next step, the Alliance will gradually improve the palliative care service system and standardise the industry standards in Hunan.