| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2011 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 235--237
Pattern of referral of noncancer patients to palliative care in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia
Hafez M Ghanem1, Rawabi M Shaikh1, Ahmad M Abou Alia1, Amani S Al-Zayir1, Samy A Alsirafy2
1 Palliative Care Department, King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Palliative Medicine Unit, Kasr Al-Ainy Center of Clinical Oncology and Nuclear Medicine (NEMROCK), Kasr Al-Ainy School of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Aim : The palliative care (PC) needs of patients with noncancer life-threatening illnesses are comparable to that of cancer patients. This report describes the contribution of noncancer patients to the population of PC patients in a tertiary care hospital in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
Materials andMethods : This is a retrospective review of the "palliative care inpatient database" of 21 months.
Results : From 474 patients, 20 (4.2%) had a noncancer diagnosis. The main reason for the referral of noncancer patients was pain control. The most prevalent diagnoses were sickle cell disease (SCD) in 6 (30%) patients and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in 5 (25%).
Conclusions : These findings suggest that the PC needs of noncancer patients are largely unmet in our region. Further efforts are necessary to advance noncancer PC in Saudi Arabia. The PC needs of patients with SCD and PAD need to be addressed in future research.
Samy A Alsirafy
Palliative Medicine Unit, Kasr Al-Ainy Center of Clinical Oncology and Nuclear Medicine (NEMROCK), Kasr Al-Ainy School of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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