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Palliative Care and Pain Management

Estimating the Global Need for Palliative Care for Children: A Cross-sectional Analysis

published in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, February 2017, Volume 53, Issue 2


There is growing awareness that there are major gaps in access to children’s palliative care (CPC)worldwide. For this article, we use the term children to refer to neonates, infants, children, and adolescents. Adults have a greater likelihood of receiving palliative care than children. Growing access to treatment services and extended periods of wellness have led to some changes in the nature of the palliative care services required. Children are more resilient and more likely to require CPC for longer periods than adults. Most global child health efforts are directed to reduction in mortality, and little attention has been paid to the need for CPC.   Read the full article here


WHO resolution on access to palliative care

 published in The Lancet Oncology, March 2014

The Lancet Oncology has published an articles about the WHO resolution on access to palliative care.

On Jan 23, WHO’s Executive Board introduced a resolution urging member states to integrate palliative care services into their health-care systems. They described provision of such care as an “ethical responsibility”, and added that, when needed, palliative care is “fundamental” to improve quality of life, wellbeing, comfort, and human dignity. In May, the resolution will be presented to the World Health Assembly, but ratification should be a formality.

More information about the article:

The Lancet Oncology, Volume 15, Issue 3, Page e109, March 2014
Published Online: 31 January 2014
Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

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