An unnoticed collateral damage

An unnoticed collateral damage – Dr. Spandana Rayala, Hyderabad Palliative care is probably the only branch of medicine which includes family members, immediate and extended, in the context of delivering holistic care for a patient. As the science of medicine progressed and health care became more institution centric, the existence of families and it’s dynamics…

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Palliative Care and the fundamental right to die with dignity

Palliative Care and the fundamental right to die with dignity – Mr. Rishabh Shrivastava and Dr. Anant Bhan, Bhopal The Indian Constitution guarantees the right to life under Article 21. Over a period of time, the jurisprudence around Article 21 has undergone significant transformation. One of the crucial facets of the right to life is…

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World Humanitarian Day 2021

World Humanitarian Day 2021: Humanitarian workers who save lives and care for the dying – Ms. Rachel Coghlan, Melbourne, Australia *This article contains excerpts from a Correspondence recently published in The Lancet by Rachel Coghlan for World Humanitarian Day 2021. World Humanitarian Day is celebrated every year on August 19. It is a day in…

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Stories from our COVID Heroes!

My Experience from the battle fields of a COVID Hospital – Dr. Ram Singh, AIIMS, New Delhi The constantly evolving novel corona virus infection and the havoc it unleashed has created a lot of clamor among health care professionals globally. Despite advancements in medicine and medical technology, this pandemic manufactured a situation that was so…

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Holistic care at Home

Holistic care at Home: Golden Butterflies’ efforts to help child-patients and families cope during COVID-19 – Aneka Paul, Stella Matthew, Ramalakshmi V., Chennai The novel coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) spread worldwide, lakhs of people succumbed to COVID-19 (COrona VIrus Disease), and healthcare systems across the globe crumbled under the patient load. Chronically ill or terminally ill…

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Covid-19 Pandemic and Mental Health

Covid-19 pandemic and Mental Health: Experiences of Organising Services at a Mental Health Care Institution A monograph by AIIMS, New Delhi The Department of Psychiatry & National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has published a monograph ‘Covid-19 pandemic and Mental Health: Experiences of Organising Services at a…

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A Campaign to Thank Your Palliative Care Heroes!

The Global Partners in Care has launched the “Palliative Care Heroes” campaign to say ‘Thank You’ to the estimated 400,000 healthcare workers and 1.2 million volunteers delivering palliative care globally by recognizing and celebrating the magnanimous contributions of these palliative care workers, towards improving the quality of living (and dying); particularly their selfless and tireless…

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IAPC Election and Virtual AGBM Postponed

IAPC Election and Virtual AGBM Postponed It has been decided to cancel the online election process to elect IAPC office bearers as per the suggestion given by the expert committee. The decision was taken in the central committee meeting of Indian Associaiton of Palliative Care, held on Thursday, 25th February, 2021. All CC members supported…

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End-of-life care for Serious COVID-19 Patients

“When medical prowess is finite, infinite compassion truly helps to heal” Authors Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care,Kasturba Medical College & Hospital, Manipal Academy of Higher Education,Manipal 576104, Karnataka, India. Healthcare systems globally and in India have been struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal, is a major…

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Ethics-based decision-making in a COVID-19 pandemic crisis

This article by Dr. Naveen Salins and Dr. Ashish Gulia (published as the editorial of Indian Journal of Medical Sciences), provides an overview of the ethics based decision-making during a COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Seven ethical principles that guides decision-making in a pandemic crisis have been listed in this article. Congratulations Dr. Naveen and Dr. Ashish…

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