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Source: The Economic Times
The author talks about the need for responsive & robust palliative care in India.
What's the issue?
Palliative care in India has been the most ignored area of medical care, nothing concrete has changed in palliative care of India.
As per WHO Palliative Care is the total active care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment.
Control of pain, other symptoms & psychological, social & spiritual problems are paramount.
The main goal of Palliative Care is the achievement of the best possible quality of life for patients & their families.
Palliative Care in India:
Of these, 75-80% come with advanced disease & half of them die within a year & yet not more than 2% receive palliative care because:
What needs to be done?
The need of the hour is that not only should patients be referred to the palliative care team early to ensure a better quality of life, but the continued survival & safety of members of the family left behind are also to be taken care of.