Exploring the Establishment of Hospice Service System Integrating Medical Care and Funeral Services

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1 Department of Medical Psychology and Ethics, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Shandong University, Jinan, China

2 School of Marxism, Shandong First Medical University (Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences), Tai’an, China

3 Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

4 The School of Health Humanities, Peking University, Beijing, China



In terms of the development of hospice, 1988 is the first year of the establishment of hospice in mainland China. In 1988, with the initiative and funding of Chinese-American Professor Tianzhong Huang, Tianjin Medical College (now Tianjin Medical University) set up the Tianjin Hospice Center.1 In October 1998, the Shanghai Retired Workers Nanhui Nursing Home was the first hospital in mainland China to provide inpatient care for retired workers who were terminally ill.1 In October 2017, the National Health Commission designated five pilot cities (Beijing, Changchun, Shanghai, Luoyang, and Deyang) to explore different types of hospice services, strategies of service delivery, and modes of finances.2...(Read more...)

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  • Receive Date: 10 August 2022
  • Revise Date: 15 November 2022
  • Accept Date: 04 December 2022
  • First Publish Date: 05 December 2022