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Neonatal palliative care as an integral component of the national healthcare system: the experience of Greece
Many countries around the world have recognized the importance of developing and implementing national protocols for palliative care for newborns, taking into account the country’s medical equipment, workforce, cultural aspects, and legislation, always considering international recommendations and developing evidence-based policies.
The authors of the article assert that such protocols have not yet been officially developed in Greece and examine the conditions necessary for the successful integration of neonatal palliative care into the country’s national healthcare system.
The aim of the research was to consider the perspectives of healthcare professionals, the needs of individuals living with dementia, and the experiences of caregivers at the time of transitioning a patient from the hospital to home. As a result, three factors were identified, termed “Living in the Whirlwind” (the multitude of simultaneous tasks placed on caregivers and the associated sense of loss of control), “Thinking Ahead” (the importance of thinking beyond daily life for future task planning), and “Pathways Forward” (integrating palliative care into home care to provide enhanced support to patients and caregivers). For more details on making the integration process more effective, refer to the research.
Palliative care is one of the emerging fields, which means there are still many steps ahead to integrate it into existing healthcare systems. The author of the article acknowledges the growing recognition of the potential of palliative care by healthcare systems but believes that service providers must demonstrate the value of their services to leverage this trend and gain full recognition. She has compiled observations and recommendations from several American experts to help representatives of palliative care institutions negotiate with all stakeholders.
Today, he calls on all doctors to join the “Ouchless Jab Challenge” to eliminate pain, trauma, and anxiety associated with needle injections for young patients. Read the article to discover the practical steps proposed by the “Ouchless Jab Challenge” initiative to soothe and distract children before any needle procedure.