Survey finds broad acceptance of palliative care among Taiwan public

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/06/2020
By: Yu Hsiao-han and Matthew Mazzetta

A demonstration of hospice care. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Around seven in 10 Taiwanese adults support the concept of hospice care and believe that emergency medical treatment may not always be the right answer for terminally ill patients, according to the results of a recent survey.

The Hospice Foundation of Taiwan announced the results of its survey on end-of-life issues at a press conference on Tuesday, ahead of a film screening it plans to hold this weekend in honor of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

The survey, conducted by the market research firm Viewpoint, found high levels of support for issues such as patients' rights and palliative care for the terminally ill.

Some 72 percent of the survey respondents said they would inform their parents in honest terms if one of them received a terminal diagnosis, compared to only 55.8 percent 10 years ago, said Viewpoint Managing Director Lee Hsin-yu (李欣瑜).    [FULL  STORY]

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