Palliative care and critical care join hands to achieve excellence in end-of-life care

150914In a path-breaking partnership, the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) and the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) have joined hands with the objective of achieving excellence in end-of-life care. The integrated care plan, published in the Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, comes four years after a study of quality of death in 40 countries placed India at the bottom.

The 2010 report on this study commissioned by Lien Foundation and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit lamented the “incalculable surfeit of suffering, not just for those about to die, but also for their loved ones. Clearly, the deeper inclusion of palliative care into broader health policy, and the improvement of standards of end-of-life care—raising the ‘quality of death’—will also yield significant gains for humanity’s quality of life…read more

Read the complete guidelines in IJCCM.

Read editorial: Coming together to care for the dying in India.

Read editorial: Challenges in the implementation of “end-of-life care” guidelines in India: How to open the “Gordian Knot”?

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