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Our goal is to improve the quality of life of patients and their families during all stages of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses through academic research, education, and the raising of awareness.


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Yoshiyuki Kizawa, President

With my reappointment as president of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine, I feel the weight of my responsibility anew. The entire world is in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Socioeconomic activity is stagnating, and the state of society and people’s lifestyles are changing rapidly. The nature of academic societies is no exception. I would like to reconfirm the philosophy and objectives of this Society, clarify the issues that we need to address in the future, and start the new two-year term of office under a new system.

I believe that the objective of the activities of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine is to improve the quality of end-of-life care and the quality of life and quality of death for patients with serious illnesses and their families through the Society’s academic research and additional activities. Therefore, over the next two years, I intend to focus our efforts on the following seven activities with the aim of improving the quality of end-of-life care.

  1. Building and reviewing care delivery models for specialized palliative care (especially integrating cancer palliative care and oncology, specialized palliative care for non-cancer conditions, and palliative care in the emergency and intensive care domains)
  2. Establishing and implementing mechanisms to continually measure and improve the quality of palliative care
  3. Providing recommendations for governments and societies regarding palliative and end-of-life care (e.g., canceling or reducing life-support treatment, euthanasia, and expressions of intention regarding advanced care planning)
  4.  Enhancing academics and research related to palliative care (especially construction of research support and education systems for young researchers, proposals of interdisciplinary university courses, promotion of mixed research methods)
  5. .Providing education in palliative care (especially the development of educational systems and training of experts on basic palliative care not limited to particular illnesses)
  6. Promoting awareness and dissemination of Asia-centered palliative care in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network so that the global population can access palliative care anywhere, anytime, as part of universal health coverage
  7.  Strengthening the secretariat functions of the society, enhancing member services, and moving them online (reducing the use of paper)

The world of palliative care is at a major turning point. Society is aging at the same time as it is approaching a post- or with-COVID-19 era. I strongly feel that we must change now. I intend to do my utmost to ensure that higher-quality palliative care is practiced in multi-job collaborations for all serious illnesses. I look forward to the opinions and cooperation of our members.

Yoshiyuki Kizawa
Institute of Medicine, University of Tsukuba



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