Palliative Care and Research in Palliative Medicine: Ethical Response
- Country : India
- Subject : Medical Care
Hospice and palliative care is well recognized as the ideal model of care for the terminally ill. As the number of terminal care patients has continued to increase in recent years, palliative care has been advocated as a moral responsibility of the health system. With advances in modern medicine, people are living longer, and the number of elderly persons is increasing. As a result, the ethical issues surrounding end of life care continue to gain importance in society. Research on issues at the end of life is rapidly growing, and its importance increases as our population ages. There is an urgent need to find better ways to improve pain and symptom management at the end of life, to help people die with dignity, and to comfort the bereaved. In the words of Hippocrates, 'The purpose of medicine is to do away with the sufferings of the sick, to lessen the violence of the disease and to refuse to treat those who are overmastered by their disease.'