Palliative Care

Palliative care represents an area of health care that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of the patients with terminal conditions. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of patients with often painful and debilitating illnesses and provide patients an environment that is comfortable as they go through this stage in life. It also aims to provide families a safe and supportive environment as they adjust and come to terms with the diagnosis.

In recent decades, many efforts have been focused on drug innovation and preserving life, rather than to palliative care where the preservation of life is not the ultimate objective. In developed countries, dying in comfort and with dignity is deeply embedded into cultural norms, ensuing palliative care to become more dominant than in developing nations, where palliative care is less recognized.

As population ageing progresses in developing nations, we need to encourage governments and stakeholders to engage in dialogue and implement palliative care programs in growing health care regimes. Moreover, a general understanding of the importance of personhood and one's end-of-life wishes within developing nations is essential to building an effective, client-centred health care system.

Abstracts which focus on the importance of palliative care in developing countries are of importance. In addition, abstracts that depict challenges of palliative care and strategies to overcome them are welcomed.