In Hong Kong, new standards mandating improved psychosocial care service in palliative care were recently approved, but physicians, nurses, and social workers have received little training to address psychosocial needs.
To help address the skills gap, Dr. Betty Kramer, an internationally-recognized palliative care social worker and researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was invited to travel to Hong Kong to provide training through the Hong Kong Hospital Authority.
This January, Dr. Kramer made the long trek to China to conduct a two-day workshop for palliative and end-of-life care workers and give a lecture to over 300 health care professionals. Although some training had previously been provided by palliative care physicians and nurses, Dr. Kramer is the first social work scholar invited to provide a commissioned training to palliative care service providers, and the training is the first to address psychosocial needs in palliative and end-of-life care.
Dr. Betty Kramer (front row, red cardigan) poses with
palliative care providers from her 2-day workshop
Dr. Kramer remarked that she enjoyed the opportunity...