Need of Palliative care model in cancer patients in India – Long overdue
Abstract: The concept of palliative care was introduced in the mid-1980s in India. McDermott et al. mentioned 138 organizations currently providing hospice and palliative care services in 16 states or union territories which are usually concentrated in large cities and regional cancer centers except Kerala, where services are more widespread. The community palliative care projects of northern Kerala and the Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care (NNPC) is a solution to achieve meaningful coverage and care for the terminally ill. They demonstrate the way to "Palliative Care for All". It doesn’t aim to replace the medical health care professionals; it supplements the combined efforts of the healthcare staff in providing the necessary psychosocial and emotional support. We can learn the evolution and functioning of this network and the lessons learned can be projected to the entire country. Indian palliative care development at its most successful has innovated and produced services such as the NNPC, which provides an exemplar model of community-based palliative care for other low-resource countries worldwide. Palliative care model allows us to widen our horizon beyond the “biomedical model” of health. Palliative care has a role where knowing that death is an inevitable part of life, the patient can live with dignity and pain free not becoming a burden on the family.
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