Hospice Care : A Global View Of Palliative Care

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According to the International Observatory on End of Life Care: A Global View of Palliative Care (2007), the development of palliative and hospice care service has reached around half of the 234 countries. Although more than half of the globe recognized the need of palliative and hospice care, only 15% of the countries has integrated palliative and hospice care policy. The IOELC developed a four-part typology describing the levels of hospice and palliative care development around the globe. These are: 1) No known hospice-palliative care activity, 2) Countries with hospice and palliative care capacity building activity, 3) Countries with localized provision of hospice and palliative care, and 4) Countries where hospice and palliative care activities are approaching integration with the wider public health system CURRENT STATUS OF PALLIATIVE AND HOSPICE CARE SERVICES IN THE PHILIPPINES The Philippines has been categorized to Group 3, countries with localized provision of hospice and palliative care. Group 3 has the following characteristics: “A range of capacity building activities, but also: (a) critical mass of activists in one or more locations, (b) service established often linked to home care, (c) local awareness/support, (d) sources of funding established though may be heavily donor dependent and relatively isolated from one another, (e) with little impact on wider health policy, (f) morphine available and (g) some training undertaken by hospice organization.” In
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