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Dr Tan Seng Beng

Designation:

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Specialty:

Palliative Medicine

Qualification:

MBBS (UM), MRCP (UK), Clinical Fellowship in Palliative Medicine (Singapore)

License Number:

MMC No: 36856, NSR No: 126582

Languages:

English, Bahasa Melayu, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese)

Clinic:

Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC)

Address:

Jalan SS 12/1A, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Profile

Procedure Focus:

  • Cancer pain management
  • Symptom control in advanced illness
  • Psychological support
  • Caregiver support
  • Family conference
  • Mindfulness-based supportive therapy (MBST)
  • Guided mini-mindfulness exercises
  • Advance care planning
  • End-of-life care

Condition Treated:

  • Advanced cancer
  • Advanced chronic kidney disease
  • Advanced heart failure 
  • Advanced lung disease
  • Advanced chronic liver disease
  • Advanced neurological disease 
  • Advanced dementia
  • Advanced HIV 
  • Severe critical illness in ICU

Memberships & Associations:

  • Malaysian Medical Association (since 2000)
  • Academy of Medicine, Malaysia (since 2008)
  • Malaysian Hospice Council (since 2020)
  • Asia Pacific Hospice Network (since 2008)
  • European Association for Palliative Care (since 2014)
  • International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (since 2014)
  • Malaysian Medical Council Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Evaluation Committee (2022-2024)

Post Graduate Qualifications:

  • Membership of Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom)
  • Clinical Fellowship in Palliative Medicine (Singapore)

Clinical Training:

  • Internal Medicine Training, Ministry of Health, 2000-2006
  • Community Palliative Medicine Training, Hospis Malaysia, 2006-2007
  • Postgraduate Course in Palliative Medicine, Singapore Hospice Council, 2007
  • Hospital Palliative Medicine Training, National Cancer Centre Singapore, 2007-2008
  • Hospital Palliative Medicine Training, University of Malaya, 2008-2010

Awards:

  • Outstanding Service Award, University of Malaya, 2020
  • Interfaith Discussion on Concepts of Life and Death Panel Award, HUKM, 2015
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme Certificate, University of Malaya, 2013
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Programme Certificate, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, 2019

Special Privileges According to Hospital:

  • Mindfulness-based supportive therapy (MBST)
  • Guided mini-mindfulness exercises

Medical School:

University of Malaya, Malaysia (1995-2000)

Media & Publications:

Publications (Academic journals) 

Publications on suffering in palliative care

  • The experiences of suffering of palliative care patients in Malaysia: a thematic analysis. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014.
  • The experiences of suffering of palliative care informal caregivers in Malaysia: a thematic analysis. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013. 
  • The experiences of stress of palliative care providers in Malaysia: a thematic analysis. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013. 
  • Health care interactional suffering in palliative care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014. 
  • Psychological processes of suffering of palliative care patients in Malaysia: a thematic analysis. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2016. 
  • The suffering pictogram: measuring suffering in palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2017. 
  • Patterns of suffering in palliative care: A descriptive study. Omega J Death Dying. 2020. 
  • Contributing and relieving factors of suffering in palliative care cancer patients: a descriptive study. Omega J Death Dying. 2020. 
  • Exploring unmet needs from an online metastatic breast cancer support group: A qualitative study. Medicina. 2021.
  • COVID-19, Suffering and Palliative Care: A Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 

Publications on well-being in palliative care 

  • The experiences of well-being of palliative care patients in Malaysia: a thematic analysis. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014.
  • The experiences of well-being of family caregivers in palliative care: A qualitative study using thematic analysis. Progress Palliat Care. 2021. 
  • The experiences of well-being of palliative care providers in Malaysia: a thematic analysis. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2020.
  • The ABCDE of good care: A thematic analysis on the art of caring for terminally ill patients in Malaysia. Adv Mod Oncol Res. 2017. 
  • Hope in palliative care: A thematic analysis. J Palliat Care. 2020.
  • Happiness at the end of life: A qualitative study. Palliat Support Care. 2021. 

Publications on mindfulness in palliative care 

  • Mindfulness-based supportive therapy (MBST): proposing a palliative psychotherapy from a conceptual perspective to address suffering in palliative care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013. 
  • Distress reduction for palliative care patients and families with 5-minute mindful breathing: a pilot study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2015. 
  • The effect of 5 minutes of mindful breathing to the perception of distress and physiological responses in palliative care cancer patients: a randomized controlled study. J Palliat Med. 2016. 
  • The development of a brief 5-minute mindful breathing therapy for the reduction of distress in palliative care patients. Eur Psyc. 2017. 
  • Mindfulness: a new paradigm of psychosocial care in the palliative care setting in Southeast Asia. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2017. 
  • The effect of 20-minute mindful breathing on the perception of suffering and changes in bispectral index score in palliative care patients: A randomized controlled study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018. 
  • The effect of 20-minute mindful breathing on the rapid reduction of dyspnoea at rest in patients with lung diseases: A randomized controlled trial. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019. 
  • The effect of 20-minute mindful breathing on the perception of suffering and changes in bispectral index score (BIS) in palliative care informal caregivers: A randomized controlled study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2019.
  • ‘5 minutes mindful breathing’ smartphone application for reduction of perceived distress: A pilot study. Asian Pac J Cancer Care. 2020. 
  • The efficacy of a single session of 20-minute mindful breathing in reducing dyspnoea among patients with acute decompensated heart failure – a randomized controlled trial. Am J Hosp Palliat Med. 2020. 
  • The rapid reduction of multiple symptoms in palliative care patients with a single session of 20-minute mindful breathing: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020. 
  • Mindfulness and suffering: a case report. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020. 
  • The effect of 5-minute mindfulness of peace on suffering and spiritual well-being among palliative care patients: A randomized controlled study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020. 
  • The effect of 5-minute mindful breathing on pain in palliative care cancer patients: A randomized controlled study. Indian J Pall Care. 2021. 
  • Mindful breathing: Effects of a five-minute practice on perceived stress and mindfulness among patients with cancer. CJON. 2021. 
  • The effect of 5-min mindfulness of love on suffering and spiritual quality of life of palliative care patients: A randomized controlled study. Eur J Cancer Care. 2021. 
  • Mindful gratitude journaling: psychological distress, quality of life and suffering in advanced cancer: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2021. 
  • Suffering in advanced cancer: a randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based supportive therapy (MBST). BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022.

Publication (Books) 

  • The little handbook of mini-mindfulness meditation, 2012. 
  • The little handbook of short cases for medical students, 2014. 
  • The little handbook of drug dosages for house officers, 2019. 
  • The little handbook of palliative care, 2016. 
  • Mindfulness and care of the dying, 2018 
  • Mindfulness (Comic), 2020. 

YouTube channel on Mindfulness in Palliative Care 

Clinic Hours

9:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 18:00 18:30 - 21:30
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday SJMC
Thursday
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Subang Jaya Medical Centre