Painful Inequities – Palliative Care in Developing Countries
Autors: Daniela Lamas, M.D, and Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D
Article of “ The New England Journal of Medicine”
I have chosen this article because I consider that the palliative care it is very important for the pain treatment.
As you are going to read on the article, there are some developing countries where the opioids are not legals like Ucrania, India, Mexico… and the procedure to prescribe painkillers could become a nightmare for the doctors.
I cannot understand why there are still some countries where the patient suffer when there is no necessity for that. Nowadays there are different treatments like the opioids which are easy to produce and cheap.
It makes no sense that people in their last days of life have to be in this terribly situation .It is enough suffering for them the fact that they have to face up an illness that probably will take their lives away and also they suffer severe symptoms.
As a medical student I think that Goverments should be informed about the potential benefits, and not only the side effects, of opioids and let the doctors take their own decisions when prescribing prescription pads.
I hope that the world will open the eyes and these countries would use these treatments like a solution for pain.
If you were working in any of the countries above mentioned, what would you do to change this situation?
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