Palliative Medicine

1. Unit Description

The palliative care team at University Malaya Medical Centre provides inpatient and outpatient care to improve the quality of life of patients and their families faced with life-threatening illness.

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

(WHO defintion of Palliative Care)

2. Services

Our 12-bedded palliative care unit is located on 11th floor of Menara Utama, serving the inpatient palliative care needs of patients and their families. Services included specialised physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. A regular multidisciplinary meeting with our surgical and oncological colleagues is part of the weekly schedule.

A palliative consult service is available to serve all specialties within University Malaya Medical Centre.

Our outpatient clinic runs on Wednesday afternoons and covers the outpatient needs of patients already under our follow-up as well as new referrals.

3. Research

Suffering, Hope, Mindfulness, Quality of Life, Opioid Usage, Motor Neuron Disease (MND/ALS), Advance Care Planning (ACP), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Recent publications:

Tan SB., Fazlina A.,Lam CL., Loh E.C.,Zainal N.Z., Ng C.G.,Yee H.A., Lee M.L.,Boey CM.2015. Distress Reduction for Palliative Care Patients and Families With 5-Minute Mindful Breathing: A Pilot Study. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/1049909115569048

Seng Beng T, Chong Guan N, Kheng Seang L, Pathmawathi S, Foong Ming M, Ee Jane L, Ee Chin L, Chee Loong L. 2013. The Experiences of Suffering of Palliative Care Informal Caregivers in Malaysia: A Thematic Analysis. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 Jan 21.

Chin, L. E., Loong, L. C., Ngen, C. C., Beng, T. S., Shireen, C., Kuan, W. S., & Shaw, R. (2013). Pediatric Palliative Care: Using Miniature Chairs to Facilitate Communication. Am J Hosp Palliat Care.

Tan,S.B.,Loh, E.C.,Ng,C.G., Yee,H.A.,Wu,C.,Wong, S.K.,Lim,E.J.,Saw,S.S.,Boey,C.C.(2014).The Experiences of Well-being of Palliative Care Patients in Malaysia: A Thematic Analysis.American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Beng TS, Chin LE, Guan NC, Yee A, Wu C, Pathmawathi S, Yi KT, Kuan WS, Jane LE, Meng CB. The Experiences of Stress of Palliative Care Providers in Malaysia: A Thematic Analysis. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 Sep 10

4. Staff