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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 104--107

Is there a role of palliative care in the neonatal intensive care unit in India?


1 Department of Palliative Care Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Sion, Mumbai, India
2 Department of Neonatology, LTMGH, Sion, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Manjiri P Dighe
Department of Palliative Care Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Sion, Mumbai
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.84530

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Recent advances in medical care have improved the survival of newborn babies born with various problems. Despite this death in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is an inevitable reality. For babies who are not going to "get better," the health care team still has a duty to alleviate the physical suffering of the baby and to support the family. Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to relieve the physical, psycho social, and spiritual suffering of patients and their families. Palliative care provision in the Indian NICU settings is almost nonexistent at present. In this paper we attempt to "build a case" for palliative care in the Indian NICU setting.






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