Mens Sana Monographs
REVIEW
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 152--170

End-of-Life Care and Psychiatry: Current Trends and Future Directions in India


Jayita K Deodhar 
 Associate Professor, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Jayita K Deodhar
Psychiatric Unit, Room 18/20, Golden Jubilee Building Basement, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr. E. Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India

Although 80% of the deaths worldwide occur in middle- and low-income countries such as India, there is less awareness of end-of-life care (EOLC) for people with chronic, serious, progressive, or advanced life-limiting illnesses, including dementia. EOLC involves good communication, clinical decision-making, liaison with medical teams and families, comprehensive assessment of and specialized interventions for physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of patients and their caregivers. The psychiatrist can play a significant role in each of the above domains in EOLC. The current trends in India are examined, including ambiguities between EOLC and euthanasia. Future directions include formulating a national EOLC policy, providing appropriate services and training. The psychiatrist should get involved in this process, with major responsibilities in providing good quality EOLC for patients with both life-limiting physical illnesses and severe mental disorders, supporting their caregivers, and ensuring dignity in death.


How to cite this article:
Deodhar JK. End-of-Life Care and Psychiatry: Current Trends and Future Directions in India.Mens Sana Monogr 2016;14:152-170


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Deodhar JK. End-of-Life Care and Psychiatry: Current Trends and Future Directions in India. Mens Sana Monogr [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Sep 27 ];14:152-170
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