A new training manual that addresses the gaps in information on children’s palliative care in India has recently been published as part of the Children’s Palliative Care project of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC).
Dr Pradnya Talawadekar, who edited and collated this manual says “It was a felt need to design and compile a Handbook on Paediatric Palliative Care as there was not much training material … for Health Care Professionals in the Indian context. This handbook comprises a wide range of topics with a multidisciplinary dimension with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skill required in Paediatric Palliative Care.”
It is foreseen that the handbook will be a useful tool to be used to sensitise other health professionals working in related fields.
The chapters in the book, which cover a wide range of topics from Paediatric Palliative Care in Oncology to Spirituality and Play Therapy, have been written by leading experts in the field, including Dr Maryann Muckaden, Dr Ross Drake, Prof Susan Fowler Kerry and Dr Sathir Jassal.
Joan Marston, ICPCN’s Chief Executive states that this Handbook is an important and unique tool to further the development of palliative care for children in India and to help relieve the suffering of this special and often neglected group of children. She goes on to say, “The various chapters reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of palliative care; concern and compassion for these children is reflected throughout the pages … I encourage professionals and volunteers caring for children with life-limiting conditions, to learn from and use this in their practice.”
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