Caring for the dying in a developing country, how prepared are we?

Hardip Singh Gendeh, Avinesh Singh Bhar, Manvin Kaur Gendeh, Hayati Yaakup, Balwant Singh Gendeh, Nik Ritza Kosai, Ramzisham Bin Abdul Rahman

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Abstract

End of life care is framework to allow for a peaceful, comfortable and dignified death while considering the patients’ personal and religious values, bioethics and knowledge of the disease process. A well planned end of life pathway should allow for the flexibility to shift from an active (or aggressive) treatment approach to one of comfort and care when initial interventions have failed. The need for this pathway is most apparent in the intensive care setting. Implementation of a pathway will face various challenges due to religious and cultural beliefs, education of healthcare providers to carry out difficult discussions and larger socioeconomic implications. Clear medico-legal framework will be required to support this pathway. In conclusion, an end of life pathway tailored to our local needs is the way forward in allowing for dignified death of terminally ill patients; this will require the active participation of medical societies, religious leaders, healthcare providers, patients and their care givers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume71
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

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Health Personnel
Developing Countries
Terminally Ill
Bioethics
Terminal Care
Medical Societies
Religion
Critical Care
Caregivers
Patient Care
Education
Therapeutics
Patient Comfort

Keywords

  • Dignity
  • Dying
  • End
  • Life
  • Pathway

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  • Medicine(all)

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Caring for the dying in a developing country, how prepared are we? / Gendeh, Hardip Singh; Bhar, Avinesh Singh; Gendeh, Manvin Kaur; Yaakup, Hayati; Gendeh, Balwant Singh; Kosai, Nik Ritza; Rahman, Ramzisham Bin Abdul.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 71, No. 5, 01.10.2016, p. 259-263.

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Gendeh HS, Bhar AS, Gendeh MK, Yaakup H, Gendeh BS, Kosai NR et al. Caring for the dying in a developing country, how prepared are we? Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2016 Oct 1;71(5):259-263.
Gendeh, Hardip Singh ; Bhar, Avinesh Singh ; Gendeh, Manvin Kaur ; Yaakup, Hayati ; Gendeh, Balwant Singh ; Kosai, Nik Ritza ; Rahman, Ramzisham Bin Abdul. / Caring for the dying in a developing country, how prepared are we?. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2016 ; Vol. 71, No. 5. pp. 259-263.
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