This year again, I took part to the annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Clinical Pathway on December 9-10. This year, it took place in Tokyo, at the prestigious Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku and the chairman was Prof. Fukui of St Luke International Hospital.
The theme of the 12th edition was: the Future of Multi-Disciplinary Team Care.
The main topics covered this year were mostly recurring with respect to previous years:
1. Critical Indicators (CI) or Quality Indicators (QI)
2. Analysis of Variance, and Outcome Master
3. Pathway of Regional Cooperation
4. Multi-disciplinary Team
5. DPC (diagnosis procedure combination) and Clinical Pathway
Moreover, this year, 2 special guests were invited:
Prof. Shigeaki Hinohara, who turned 100 years old this year, and delivered a powerful message on stage, about the concept of Team Based Learning. Truely amazing.
Prof. Junichiro Kawaguchi, professor of aerospacial research at Kyoko University, who talked about a completely unrelated topic (apparently, at least): the amazing story of Hayabusa, the spacecraft which made a 7 year trip into space before landing back on Earth, after multiple technical troubles.
And last but not least, this year’s conference also covered the terrible earthquake of Tohoku (Northern Japan) and its consequences in the medical world.
The attendence was more than 2,400 people, less than average, but not too bad considering the difficult year it was for Japan.
Here are a few notes I took.
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