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Guideline issued on improving services

SHANGHAI’S health commission and traditional Chinese medicine administration have issued a guideline on the innovation and development of TCM to provide improved and comprehensive TCM services to residents, the local government said at the Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine Conference yesterday.

Under the guideline, the TCM system will be improved with services for disease prevention, health care, treatment and rehabilitation being integrated.

More TCM medical institutions will be built with additional TCM medical workers allocated to community health centers, the guideline said.

The construction of TCM departments at general hospitals and specialized medical institutions for maternity and child care, rehabilitation, nursing and infectious diseases will also be enhanced.

Family doctors

Basic TCM services will be expanded to local communities and TCM doctors will join teams of family doctors. TCM services can also be combined with long-term nursing and hospice care, it showed.

TCM medical institutions will be encouraged to cooperate with nursing homes to promote TCM among the elderly to meet their medical needs and improve their health.

TCM will also be promoted in schools, families and residential communities.

The city will strive to build a group of national and regional TCM centers in fields like hepatology, cancer, surgery, acupuncture and massage, and rehabilitation, the guideline said.

Integrated development of TCM in the Yangtze River Delta region will be pushed forward in medicine, education and scientific research and development.

The city will facilitate the joint growth of Western medicine and TCM, work out a group of therapies with the combination of the two streams and set up several Western medicine and TCM collaborative diagnosis and treatment centers to tackle with some major difficult diseases, according to the guideline.

Shanghai now has 30 TCM hospitals, with each district having at least one such hospital.


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