Care for the dying: Recognizing the country’s palliative care woes

Care for the dying: Recognizing the country’s palliative care woes

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“The Philippines is one of the worst places in the world to die,” said Dr. Arabelle Coleen Ofina, head of the Palliative subunit at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. In fact, a 2015 Quality of Death Index study ranked the Philippines as one of the worst, after Iraq and Bangladesh. The quality of death index which was measured across five categories – palliative and healthcare environment, human resources, affordable care, quality of care and level of community engagement came from the Economist Intelligence Unit Report commissioned by the non-profit Lien Foundation.1
16 Sep 2016 - General
Palliative care is a very important medical specialty that should be widely available. Palliative care specialty is dealing with end of life care and also provide symptomatic pain control for patients with terminal illness, either in the hospital settling, or home settling or in hospice. Sometime, in the cohort of patients with terminal illness (for example like advanced metastatic cancer, advanced dementia with no oral intake and recurrent infection, and etc), all medical interventions will be ...
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"Relief from pain is a basic human right". This is a sad reality, but those who cannot afford proper care, really have to die in agony. You even hear pleadings to just "end suffering" that it's become a common phrase to Filipinos to say, "At least he isn't in pain anymore", a consolation following death. But yes, you're right too. I don't think it will be the country's priority, since there is a general insufficiency in the Health Depart of the P...
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From my observation, palliative care is still a relatively new medical subspecialty in the country. From what I know, not all government institution have a palliative care specialist. I even doubt it if these types of services are available in public hospitals. I agree that this should be addressed, specially for terminally ill patients suffering from severe and chronic pain. I agree that it is a basic human right to be relieved from pain. However, I am not sure if this is one of the priorities ...
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