Dr Mei Qi and Professor Sheila Payne explain how doctors in China have used the framework of the Budapest Commitments to improve palliative care for cancer patients. This example of partnership working across the world shows how the EAPC has a role in global developments.
In 2009, Sheila Payne was invited to work with Professor Yu and her medical colleagues
to take the principles of the Budapest Commitments and develop them in a Chinese context. The Budapest Commitments provides a framework for national associations to plan focused improvement initiatives in up to five domains: access to medication, policy, education, quality and research. In China, a similar initiative was launched as the Wuhan Palliative Care Declaration (Qi et al 2010)1 in the large city of Wuhan in central China. The Wuhan Palliative Care Declaration aims to improve palliative care education, to ensure the intelligent use of the basic palliative care drugs, to raise public awareness of and improve communication around palliative care issues. Nowadays, palliative care in China is witnessing a rapid development.
The eighth academic conference of the Chinese Committee of Rehabilitation and Palliative Care (CRPC) was held in Qingdao, China, from 13 to 14 October 2012, where Sheila Payne presented a plenary talk on behalf of the EAPC. We followed up our previous work and discussed how best to develop education using the educational framework developed by a number of EAPC Task Forces in medicine, nursing and psychology.
Those of you who watched the Beijing Olympics in 2008 will recall that Qingdao was the stunning backdrop of the sailing competitions. Qingdao provided an equally impressive site for the CRPC Conference – a city backed by steep mountains, with an old area of European houses built in the early 1900s, many fine sandy beaches, a thriving port and an ultra-modern ‘new’ high-rise city centre. All these areas provided exciting opportunities for exploring for Sheila and Mei, where we relished the fresh seafood and treated ourselves to a rigorous Chinese ‘foot massage’ – the perfect cure for the stiffness of jet lag.
1. Qi M, Yuan C, Shukui Q, Guangru X, Jiejun W, Aiguo L, Jiliang Y, Hong Q, Yi C, Payne S and Shiying Y. Budapest commitments in China: from desire to action. European Journal of Palliative Care 2010; 17 (5): 246-248.
To find out more…
Payne S, Chan N, Davies A, Poon E, Connor S and Goh C. Supportive, palliative, and end-of-life care for patients with cancer in Asia: resource-stratified guidelines from the Asian Oncology Summit 2012. The Lancet Oncology November 2012; 13 (11): e492-e500.
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