Indian Journal of Palliative Care
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About the journal and editorial board
The Indian Journal of Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal published Quarterly under the aegis of the Indian Association of Palliative Care.

The journal welcomes contributions in the following sections: original articles on clinical research, psycho social, ethical and spiritual issues; review articles, clinical guidelines, case reports, case discussions, narratives, reports on important meetings, book reviews, short reports and letters to the editor.

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The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
DOAJ, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Indian Science Abstracts, PubMed Central, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS, Web of Science

Emerging Sources Citation Index 

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This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

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Editorial Board


Prof Sushma Bhatnagar


Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Care

IRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi 110029



A/Prof Naveen Salins


Department of Palliative Medicine

Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai 40012



Editorial Board

Dr. Lulu Mathews

Chairperson of Academics and Training

Indian Association of Palliative Care

Kozhikode, India

Prof. Suresh Reddy

Section Chief, Director of Education,

Department Of Palliative Care

University Of Texas M.D.Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. USA

Prof Reena George

Senior Consultant

Department of Palliative Care

Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

A/Prof Odette Spruyt

Senior Consultant

Department of Pain and Palliative Care

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

A/Prof Shoba Nair

Senior Consultant

Department of Palliative Care

St. John’s Medical College,

Bengaluru, India

A/Prof Gregory Crawford

Senior Consultant

Director of Research and Education

Northern Adelaide Palliative Care Services

South Australia, Australia

Prof. Sarbani Gosh Laskar

Senior Consultant

Department of Radiation Oncology

Tata Memorial Centre,

Mumbai 400012, India

A/Prof Jim Cleary

Director of Palliative Medicine

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Wisconsin, USA

Prof. S V S Deo

Senior Consultant

Department of Surgical Oncology

AIIMS, New Delhi India


Dr. Raghavendra Rao

Senior Scientist and Head of CAM

HCG, Bangalore Institute of Oncology


Ad/Prof Hemanshu Prabhakar

Senior Consultant

Department of Neuroanaesthesiology
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India


Dr. Vivek Khemka

Senior Medical Oncologist

West Regional Medical Centre

Phoenix, Arizona, USA



A/Prof Jayita Deodhar

Senior Consultant

Department of Palliative Medicine

Tata Memorial Centre, Parel


A/Prof Mayank Gupta



Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India



National Advisory Board

Prof. M. R. Rajagopal

Chairman, Pallium India

Trivandrum, India

Dr. Nagesh Simha

Medical Director, Karunashraya Hospice

Bengaluru, India

Prof. Mary Ann Muckaden

Head, Department of Palliative Medicine

Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, India

Dr. Suresh Kumar

Consultant, Institute of Palliative Medicine

Kozhikode, India

Prof. Sukdev Nayak

Head, Department of Anesthesia and Pain

AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, India

Dr. Stanley Macaden

National coordinator, Palliative Care Programme of The Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI)

Bengaluru, India

Prof. Linge Gowda

Director, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, India

Dr. Anil Paleri

Director, Institute of Palliative Medicine

Kozhikode, India

Prof. Geetha Joshi

Deputy Director, Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, Ahmedabad, India

Dr. Priyadarshini Kulkarni

Director, Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre, Pune. India.


Ad/Prof. Seema Mishra

Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Care,

AIIMS, New Delhi 110029

Dr. Bidhu K Mohanti

Senior Consultant, Department of Radiation Oncology, Fortis Hospital, Noida, India.

Dr. Gayatri Palat

Director, Palliative Access Programme

Consultant, Pain and Palliative Medicine 
MNJ Institute of Oncology and RCC, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Rajashree Suresh

Consultant, Institute of Palliative Medicine

Kozhikode, India

Dr. Anjum Khan Joad

Coordinator, Department Anesthesia, Pain and Palliative Medicine

Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre Jaipur, India

Dr. Abhijit Dam

Senior Consultant, Koshish –The hospice

Bokaro, India

A/Prof Charu Singh

Senior Consultant

Department of Pain and Palliative Care

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre Kochi, India


Dr. Chitra Venkatesh

Clinical Director, Consultant in Psychiatry and Psycho oncology, Mehac Foundation,Ernakulam, India


Dr. Dinesh Goswami

Senior Consultant
Guwahati Pain and Palliative Care Society
DNHPH Memorial Palliative Care Clinic
Guwahati, India




International Advisory Board

Mr. David Praill

CEO, Hospice UK and Chair of The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance

London UK.

Dr. Mhoira Leng

Medical Director, Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust, Scotland

Dr. Stephen Connor

Senior Fellow - Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, Washington D.C, USA


Prof. Christina Puchalski

Director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, USA

Ms. Liliana De Lima

Executive Director, International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care, Houston, USA

Dr. Liz Grant

Director of Global Health Academy

University of Edinburg, Scotland

Prof. David Kissane

Head, Department of Psychiatry

Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Prof. David Currow

CEO and Chief Cancer Officer of NSW Cancer Institute, Australia.

Dr. R Akhileshwaran

CEO & Medical Director, HCA Hospice Care


Dr. Jeremy Johnson

Medical Director, Alpha Palliative Care, India

Prof. Lucas Radburch

Chair of Palliative Medicine
University of Bonn, Germany

Mr. Diederek Lohman

Associate Director, Health and Human Rights, New York, USA

Dr. Simon Noble

Clinical Reader, Institute of Cancer and Genetics, Cardiff University, UK

Prof. Max Watson

Medical Director Northern Ireland Hospice

Belfast, Ireland

A/Prof Dan Munday

Senior Consultant

Warwick Medical School, UK 

Dr. Fiona Rawlinson

Consultant, Cardiff University, UK

Ms. Joan Marston

Chief Executive, International Children’s Palliative Care Network, South Africa

Mr. Jochen Becker Ebel 

CEO, MediAcion, Hamburg Area, Germany

Editorial Assistants
Ms. Sarita Kumari
Mr. Jeet Kumar

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