School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan
Every living being has to die. Respecting a dying individual’s personal values and preferences is a challenge. We live in a culture where family decisions are given priority over individual’s wish. To address this challenge, a concept of palliative or comfort care is newly introduced in Pakistan. Palliative care is a multidisciplinary specialty that emphases on prevention and relieving suffering as well as supporting the optimal quality of life of patients and their families (Bailey, Harman, Bruera, Arnold, & Savarese,2014). In Pakistan, the concept of palliative care is like a newborn baby who needs a lot of ethical attention in terms of patient’s autonomous decision, family members’ care for the patient and the medical team’s professional obligations. So, in a tug of war between the medical team and the family, the patient should not suffer. I, as a nurse, would like to create a universal familiarity and awareness about palliative care and its associated ethical concerns and suggest nurse’s responsibilities to promote comfort care at home
Journal of Clinical Research and Bioethics
Mulji, N. P.,
(2017). Palliative care: An alien concept in Pakistan. Journal of Clinical Research and Bioethics, 8(2), 1-2.
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