Revista de la Sociedad Española del Dolor
versión impresa ISSN 1134-8046
ASTUDILLO ALARCON, W. et al. Palliative care and pain treatment. Rev. Soc. Esp. Dolor [online]. 2009, vol.16, n.4, pp.246-255. ISSN 1134-8046.
Palliative care and pain treatment are essential to improve or maintain quality of life in many patients with incurable, chronic or terminal diseases. The need for palliative care is more pressing in countries with scarce or medium resources and where the incidence of cancer and other diseases such as AIDS is increasing. In these countries, a high proportion of patients are diagnosed in the advanced stage of the disease and access to appropriate palliative care and pain treatment is difficult, even though these options are the only realistic and human alternatives to the abandonment experienced by most of these patients. Moreover, the epidemiological profile of many southern countries is changing, with an increase of chronic diseases and access to higher levels of antiretroviral coverage. To modify this situation, governments should incorporate palliative care and pain treatment in their health systems and these options should also be seen as one more form of international cooperation. The present article reviews several factors required for greater healthcare collaboration between Spain and Latin America and Africa and suggests ways to achieve this collaboration through distinct institutions and associations.
Palabras clave : Palliative care; Pain; International cooperation.