Promising perspectives for palliative care?

Marinela Olăroiu, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of PALIAŢIA

The publication of the Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe 2019 (1) presents an overview of what is going on in Europe concerning palliative care. It may be an inspiring publication for the further development and integration of palliative care in the European health care systems. The atlas is useful for practitioners, researchers and a must for health care politicians across Europe. Hopefully, it will be used. And hopefully, the next one will show that it is used and how it has changed the palliative landscape for the better.

Another interesting, small-scale study by Crișan Elena-Simona, published in this issue of PALIAŢIA, shows how post-graduate education in palliative care significantly increases the knowledge on palliative care for general practitioners in the article. However, this will apply for other medical specialists as well as for other health care workers. As the author indicates: it is not only about knowledge, it is a necessary step to improve the quality of palliative care. And such quality is especially needed in an ageing society and in rural areas. This might be a special chapter in the next atlas?

Of course, there are more subjects, which needs attention in palliative care. Burnout is such a subject. This may apply for all persons (family-members, care professionals, volunteers), who participate intensively – and often for some time – in palliative care. We need to organize palliative care in such way, that we prevent the risks for burnout, and a health care system, that recognizes burn-out in time in all care arrangements.

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References

  1. Arias-Casais N, Garralda E, Centeno C (eds). EAPC Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe 2019. Vilvoorde: EAPC Press; 2019. [Available from http://hdl.handle.net/10171/56787]. Accessed at 19.05.2019.