Palliative care in Colombia

Paz, S. and Clark, D. (2005) Palliative care in Colombia. Progress in Palliative Care, 13(2), pp. 75-83. (doi:10.1179/096992605X42413)

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This paper explores the development of palliative care in Colombia from its beginning with two pioneer initiatives in the 1980s to its current situation. We describe specific factors that influence the country-wide provision of palliative care, such as: palliative care education, the organisation of the national health care system and the availability of opioids, as well as social and political attitudes towards end-of-life care. Two main sources were used to gather the information presented here: 1. Recorded and transcribed telephone interviews conducted between February and April 2004. Six palliative care pioneers in Colombia were interviewed: three palliative care specialists, two psychologists and a bioethicist. 2. A systematic review of the 1970–2004 literature on end-of-life care in Colombia was conducted between September 2003 and May 2004.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Professor David
Authors: Paz, S., and Clark, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Progress in Palliative Care
Publisher:Maney Publishing
ISSN (Online):1743-291X

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