On April 26th, 2019, the Institute of Health Policy and Management invited Associate Prof. Sharlene Shao-Yi Cheng (current Attending physician of Department of Family Medicine and the Director of Health Center, National Taiwan University Hospital) to introduce the development and the concept of Hospice Palliative Care in Taiwan.
Prof. Cheng discussed the hospice, palliative care and the euthanasia on the aspects of the difference of method and goal, as well as the attitude of foreign countries and the actual practice of hospice palliative care in both Taiwan and other countries. Furthermore, Prof. Cheng introduced the scope of application of Patient Autonomy Act, the promotion of Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Share Decision Making (SDM). She led the students to deeply consider the meaning of hospice palliative care and the current support of the environment from different aspects, such as the concept, the operation, and the policy. At the end of the lecture, there was a heated discussion between Prof. Cheng and the students. We gained much from this lecture, which brought the clear concept and the direction of future policy of hospice palliative care to us.