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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18--22

Is the Kerala model of community-based palliative care operations sustainable? Evidence from the field

1 Department of Social Work, Amity University Haryana, Gurugram, Haryana, India
2 Department of Social Work, Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India

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E P Abdul Azeez
Amity University Haryana, Gurugram - 122 413, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_45_20

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Background: The palliative care operation in Kerala, unlike other parts of India, is widespread. Kerala's community-based approach to palliative care is often recognized in the current literature as a sustainable model. However, the sustainability of palliative care operations is not empirically studied, and the domains of sustainability are not clearly explained in the current literature. Aims: The present study attempted to explore the following research questions. First, are the community-based palliative care operations in Kerala really sustainable? Second, what are the dimensions of sustainability? Methods: To answer these research questions, an empirical field-based investigation was carried out using the case study method. The study was conducted among ten selected palliative care units in the Malappuram and Palakkad districts of Kerala. The records of service delivery, reports, and other available documents were accessed. Interviews were conducted with the key functionaries and other staff of the individual palliative care units. Results: The result of the study indicates that palliative care is delivering uninterrupted and comprehensive care to the needy in the region. Three dimensions were evident as the sustainability of palliative care operation. Conclusion: The replication of this model requires an understanding of these dimensions.


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