Palliative and end-of-life care services | Indonesia Palliative and end-of-life care services | Indonesia

21 Apr 2022

Palliative care was first established in Indonesia in 1992. Expansion of programmes has been slow as services are concentrated in big cities (Putranto et al., 2017), leading to a lack of palliative care services in community-based and primary healthcare facilities. An example of palliative care in community-based service can be found in the Puskesmas Balongsari in Surabaya, East Java. A team of medical doctors, psychologists, nurses, and volunteers provides Palliative care services in the outpatient setting on Mondays and Wednesdays (Saleh et al., 2008). However, this is not dementia specific. Palliative care in Indonesia is mostly linked to cancer (Putranto et al., 2017) and in general is regulated by the Ministry of Health (Kementerian Kesehatan Republik Indonesia, 2007). There continues to be a lack of research evidence and initiative towards developing palliative care for people with dementia in Indonesia.


Kementerian Kesehatan Republik Indonesia. (2007). Minister of Health Decree 812/2007 on Palliative Care Policy (Keputusan Menteri Kesehatan Republik Indonesia No. 812/2007 tentang Kebijakan Perawatan Paliatif).

Putranto, R., Mudjaddid, E., Shatro, H., Adli, M., & Martina, D. (2017). Development and challenges of palliative care in Indonesia: role of psychosomatic medicine. BioPsychoSocial Medicine.

Saleh, M. S., Danantosa, T., & Kusumawardhani, C. (2008). Perawatan Paliatif di Puskesmas Balongsari Surabaya: Upaya Mendekatkan Layanan Rawat Jalan Kepada Pasien Kanker Stadium Lanjut.