Puducherry's famous medical school JIPMER - Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research is soon to structure a specialized course in palliative care.
Lately, the medical school joined hands with the Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM) based in Calicut. Besides, JIPMER also tied up with Sri Aurobindo Society in an "integral end of life care" project called ‘Sanjeevan’.
The Director of JIPMER, Dr T S Ravikumar told about more such programmes to be conducted on palliative care in the first week of February which may be similar to the earlier one-day programme. The discussion with IPM, Sri Aurobindo Society and other collaborators is also on the cards to talk about the structuring of the Palliative course, he added.
Palliative care help the patient to ease the suffering of the patient and improves the quality of life of those afflicted with chronic and incurable diseases such as AIDS, cancer, heart problems and dementia. Palliative care is undertaken by responding to the patient's physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual needs and by continuing to offer him/her support as well as to patient’s family in bereavement.
The Palliative care course is shortly to be structured and introduced in the JIPMER institution and for the same inputs from global syllabi on palliative care will be studied and considered. JIPMER will also consult and seek inputs from international institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health. The faculty of one of the strongest Palliative care units in the world - The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, US will also be invited to contribute in the framing the course curriculum.
Dr T S Ravikumar stated that this course on palliative care will largely follow the path of Advanced Illness Management (AIM).