Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
A majority of patients who require palliative care are those suffering from cancer or other life threatening conditions. In India (…80 %…) are diagnosed with cancer each year and 60% of them require palliative care since they are diagnosed when their condition is already advanced and incurable. Old age cancer alone is estimated to affect 18% of the population.
There has been a latent need for terminal care in the community, where only a tiny fraction (0.4%) currently gets relief and even these patients have to travel great distances to access palliative care. 30 % Die with agony, despair, and leaving a behind a Distressed family
The current healthcare infrastructure, however, is not sufficient to meet the growing demand and according to the WHO report India needs to add 80,000 beds for the next 5 years. Change in disease profile, demographics, socio-economic mix and prices will impact healthcare delivery over the next 5 years. It is estimated that there will be a 50% increase in lifestyle diseases (cancer, cardio…) and the increase in population from 1 billion to 1.2 billion will further increase the prevalence of these diseases.
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