- fundamental to improve well-being, comfort and human dignity for individuals;
- an adequate, personally and culturally sensitive information for patients on their health status;
- when the patient is responsible for the decisions about the treatment to be received;
- the ethical duty of health care professionals in alleviating pain and suffering, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual;
- an interdisciplinary approach to address the needs of patients and their families;
- an ethical responsibility of the health systems.
Nowadays, more than 40 million people need palliative care every year due to the ageing and the rise of noncommunicable and other chronic diseases worldwide. Therefore, there is an increased need for palliative care but still facing a lot of challenges as awareness, regulations, adequate trainning for health care providers, integration into the health systems and changes in the culture of practice.
Virtual course on Fundamentals of Palliative Care - 2020
This course provides a basic introduction to the fundamentals of palliative care practice for clinical and non-clinical healthcare leaders and staff. By completing this virtual course, participants will have acquired knowledge about the modern definition of palliative care, and the basic principles that guide the evaluation and management of multidimensional suffering in patients with serious illness. It is available for free at the PAHO Virtual Campus of Public Health
Infographic on Palliative Care (WHO) - Improving access to palliative care
NEW version in Portuguese is avalialable pdf here
Palliative Care - Guide for clinical management
It is a guide for clinical management provides information to health professionals on how to deliver palliative care services, including communicating to the patient and their families, pain assessment, and use of opioids.
Cancer Control: Knowledge into Action
Itis a series of cancer control program planning modules, that provides practical advice to program managers and policy-makers on how to advocate, plan and implement effective cancer control programs. The six modules cover the topics of: cancer planning cancer policy and advocacy, prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and palliative care.
Planning and implementing palliative care services: a guide for programme managers
This is a practical manual on how to plan and implement palliative care services at national or subnational level. It has been designed primarily for health programme managers, whether they are responsible for noncommunicable diseases or other technical areas where palliative care is important. It aims to describe options and starting points for building and strengthening palliative care services. A step-wise approach is outlined emphasizing feasibility for low- and middle-income settings.
- For information about a global position and more material on Palliative Care, access the WHO Webpage.
- World Health Assembly Resolution on Palliative Care: Strengthening of palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course
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