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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10--13

The palliative care movement in India: Another freedom struggle or a silent revolution?

Department of Palliative Care, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, India

Correspondence Address:
Cherian Koshy
Department of Palliative Care, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.53495

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The message of palliative care in India has become a movement in several parts of India in a short span of time. The past two decades have seen palpable changes in the mindset of health care providers, and policy makers with respect to the urgency in providing palliative care. With a population of over a billion spread over a vast geo-political mosaic, the reach and reliability of palliative care programmes may appear staggering and insurmountable. Nonetheless we have reasons to be proud in that we have overcome several hurdles and is presently in a 'consolidation mode'. It is only a matter of time before the 'aam admi' has access to good palliative care. Easing narcotic licensing procedures, creation of standard operating procedures for morphine availability and the passing of the 'Palliative Care Policy' by the Government of Kerala are commendable milestones. We are today having more of 'silver linings' and less of 'dark clouds'.


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