Friday, February 22, 2008

Palliative care in Kerala

The Pain and Palliative Care Society, Thrissur, has completed 10 years of service.

The registered society came into being in November 1997. Its initiative resulted in the setting up of the Kerala chapter of the Indian Association of Palliative Care in 2001.

The Society brings out a quarterly publication, titled Reaching Out. To mark the 10th anniversary, a special number of the quarterly has been published.

Writing in the special number, Dr. Kumudam Unni, Editor, Reaching Out, says: “Quality doesn’t happen by accident. There needs to be careful planning to ensure consistent quality in PC (palliative care). For this both research and audit is essential”

Dr. Unni identifies six dimensions to illuminate quality in healthcare: appropriateness, accessibility, effectiveness, acceptability, efficiency and equity. She adds, “Research is concerned with discovering the right thing to do; audit with ensuring that it is done right.”

Pain and Palliative Care Society,
Old District Hospital,
Thrissur 680 001.

Chairman: Dr. A. K. Unnikrishnan,
Secretary: Dr. C. Sathishkumar

A charitable trust, which endeavours to reach palliative care to the needy as far as possible at their homes, is functioning at Thiruvananthapuram too.

It has set up an institution called Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) to train healthcare professionals and volunteers in palliative care.

Pallium India,
Pothujanam Road,
Thiruvananthapuram 695 011.

Telephone: 91-471-325 7400
Fax: 91-471-255 1474

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