Challenging the misunderstanding of palliative care

Written by APHN member Dr Luzviminda S. Kwong

A palliative care expert and advocate in the Philippines has written a thoughtful article challenging the misunderstanding of palliative care among the public and medical professionals. This is a good resource for anyone to draw on to help explain palliative care to colleagues or decision makers.

Dr Luzviminda S. Kwong is Head of the St. Luke’s Pain Management Center in Quezon City, as well as Executive Vice President of the Hospice Philippines, a trustee of the Philippine Board of Pain Medicine and the immediate Past President of the Pain Society of the Philippines.

Writing for The Philippine Star, Dr Kwong explains that palliative care is not just about caring for people at the end of life: “In a nutshell, all patients suffering from grief and pain deserve palliative care whether they are terminally ill, expected to recover fully, or facing years with debilitating symptoms of a chronic or progressive disease…read more

From ehospice