Palliative care in Japan: current status and a nationwide challenge to improve palliative care by the Cancer Control Act and the Outreach Palliative Care Trial of Integrated Regional Model (OPTIM) study.

@article{Yamagishi2008PalliativeCI,
  title={Palliative care in Japan: current status and a nationwide challenge to improve palliative care by the Cancer Control Act and the Outreach Palliative Care Trial of Integrated Regional Model (OPTIM) study.},
  author={Akemi Yamagishi and Tatsuya Morita and Mitsunori Miyashita and Nobuya Akizuki and Yoshiyuki Kizawa and Yutaka Shirahige and Miki Akiyama and Kei Hirai and Tadashi Kudo and Takuhiro Yamaguchi and Asuka Fukushima and Kenji Eguchi},
  journal={The American journal of hospice & palliative care},
  year={2008},
  volume={25 5},
  pages={412-8}
}
Palliative care is an essential part of integrated cancer treatment. To improve palliative care throughout Japan, a nationwide demonstration project, the Outreach Palliative Care Trial of Integrated Regional Model (OPTIM) study, is ongoing. This article reviews the current status and the problems of palliative care in Japan and introduces the OPTIM study. Although the number of palliative care services is increasing, empirical evidence shows the quality of life of cancer patients is still… CONTINUE READING
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