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.
Title: Palliative Care as a Human Right
Publication date 2008-01-01
Publication Year 2008
, Liz Gwyther
, Richard Harding
Open Society Foundations
, right to health
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