Palliative care makes only limited gains in Africa

Medical Xpress| Sat Sep 02 05:05:01 EDT 2017
Palliative care has increased in Africa over the past 12 years but only in a small subset of countries, according to a review published today in Lancet Oncology. This research was led by John Y. Rhee, a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Palliative care—defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness through the prevention and relief of suffering with physical, psychosocial and spiritual care—is developing rapidly around the world, but progress varies greatly by region. Only limited data exists on palliative care development in Africa..

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