Examines the state of palliative care for AIDS patients worldwide, approaches to palliative care as a human right and a public health issue, legal foundations, challenges to its promotion and provision, and strategies and mechanisms for enhancing access.
  • The three disciplines of palliative care, public health, and human rights are interacting with a growing resonance. Palliative care has matured as a clinical specialty and has coincided with the timely and appropriate development of a public health approach to global and community-wide health problems.
  • While an approach based on human rights has clear limitations, it remains a concept that serves to coalesce a broad medical, moral, and legal imperative -- that the care of patients with life-threatening illness is a fundamental responsibility of governments, societies, and health professionals.
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