MBBS, PG Diploma Palliative Medicine, MSc Palliative Medicine
Palliative care is an approach to improving the quality of life of patients and families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. Prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and problems drastically improve the quality of life(physical, psychosocial, and spiritual) for these patients. Palliative care is synonymous with hospice care or terminal care but it starts right from the diagnosis of chronic life-threatening illnesses. It is actively involved in the management of pain and other distressing symptoms for patients with threatening illnesses like cancer, chronic kidney disease, heart failure, stroke, elderly patients with dementia, etc.
The Palliative care team works together with the patient and primary caregiver to improve the quality of the patient’s life, rehabilitation, and activities of daily living. The team strives to provide care for a dying man, the same way one would care for a newborn baby.
This department is unique to CIHSR as it is the first department in Nagaland to provide palliative care to terminally ill patients.