​“There will not be enough palliative care physicians, nurse clinicians and social workers to meet the palliative care needs of an ageing population, so the only way forward is to train all healthcare professionals to integrate basic palliative care principles and approach in their practice when managing patients with serious illnesses.

Working with passionate health care professionals in various disciplines, we have already begun to test out models of integration in areas such as lung oncology and end-stage renal disease. This is an encouraging development.”


Dr Alethea Yee
Head and Senior Consultant,
Division of Palliative Medicine,
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Director of Education,
Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Duke-NUS Medical School

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