Development and challenges of palliative care in Indonesia: Role of psychosomatic medicine

Rudi Putranto, Endjad Mudjaddid, Hamzah Shatri, Mizanul Adli, Diah Martina

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Purpose of review: To summarize the current status of palliative care and the role of psychosomatic medicine in Indonesia. Recent findings: Palliative care is not a new issue in Indonesia, which has been improving palliative care since 1992 and developed a palliative care policy in 2007 that was launched by the Indonesian Ministry of Health. However, the progress has been slow and varied across the country. Currently, palliative care services are only available in a few major cities, where most of the facilities for cancer treatment are located. Psychosomatic medical doctors have advantages that contribute to palliative care because of their special training in communication skills to deal with patients from the standpoints of both mind and body. Summary: Palliative care services in Indonesia are established in some hospitals. Future work is needed to build capacity, advocate to stakeholders, create care models that provide services in the community, and to increase the palliative care workforce. Psychosomatic medicine plays an important role in palliative care services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
JournalBioPsychoSocial Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2017


  • Healthcare
  • Palliative care
  • Psychosomatic medicine


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