Disadvantages Of Palliative Care

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Overview

In 2002, The World Health Organization (WHO) had go into detail about palliative care definition. It states,

Palliative care is an approach which improve 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. Palliative care :

• Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
• Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
• Inteds neither to hasten or postpone death
• Integrates the psychology and spiritual aspects of patient care
• Offers a support system to help patients
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In Southeast Asia, Malaysia , Indonesia and Philippines were developed in year 1990 – 94.
Palliatiave care first started in Malaysia in 1991, and since then many government and nongovernment organization showed their interest in the field and start to develop more services.
Malaysia was the third country that develop Palliative care after Indonesia and Philippines.

A further step was taken in 2006 when palliative medicine became a specialty and Selayang

Hospital was recognized as the main centre for palliative care development within the
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Until now Palliative care is not yet a societal issue.
The Ministry of Health and hospital societies should support more activism and information on
Palliative Care.

Dr Oo Loo Chan as a medical director of Charis Hospice in Penang, one of Malaysia’s most recently founded palliative care NGOs in 2004 state that the relationship between palliative care and the country’s public health system is the major issue. Palliative care is still seen as not an important issue and majority people thinks it is an outside of the main health care system.
Because of that, we have to work hard to bring about paradigm shift in thinking. The fact that palliative care is not seen as part of the main health care system means there are limited number of personal who want to come into this line of work.

Furthermore, even though the important of palliative care has been alert, yet there is no palliative care course or curriculum in medical or nursing University. Many non-specialist and volunteer will developed by applying palliative care curriculum in medical. The activity of NGO programmes have make an examination and reveal that the palliative care services rely on
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