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Palliative Care and its Status in Latin America

| August 23, 2016

Dejusticia launched a report on the status of palliative care across eight countries in Latin America.


With the financial support of the Open Society Foundations, Dejusticia developed a diagnosis of eight countries in the region (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and Uruguay) on the situation of access to palliative care , the institutional and normative development that supports it, and access barriers to opioid drugs – essential for pain management.

As a focus of attention, palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of the patient and his family, through an intervention that incorporates control and management of symptoms, and psychosocial and spiritual support. It is an interdisciplinary effort in which medicine is applied from a perspective of healing, independent of the prognosis of the disease that afflicts the person, and is applied mostly in chronic, degenerative and debilitating diseases.

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