Palliative Care in Resource-poor Settings: Inequalities, Challenges, and Opportunities
Palliative care is, according to WHO,â€œan approach that
improves the quality of life of patients and their families
facing the problems associated with life-threatening
illness, through the prevention and relief of sufferingâ€.
The need for palliative care is increasing throughout the
world as it is well known that palliative care improves
quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families
but the palliative care needs of all patients are being
addressed inadequately in resource-poor settings.
Although developed western world has a rapidly growing
system in place for palliative care services, clinical,
research and educational programs; it is negligible in
the developing countries.
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