Free access to Handbook for Refugee Health with a chapter focusing on Palliative Care

We are proud at PallCHASE to celebrate with Dr Kathryn Richardson, in the recent release of the Handbook for Refugee Health (Editors M. Orcutt, C. Shortall, S. Walpole, A. Abbara, S. Garry, and R. Issa – Published by Taylor & Francis Group) that was released. In Chapter 12 of the book, Dr. Richardson, a Palliative Care Consultant and Executive Member of PallCHASE, writes about how to integrate Palliative Care into Refugee Health.

“Palliative care is the active holistic care of individuals across all ages with serious health-related suffering due to severe illness and especially those near the end of life. It aims to improve the quality of life of patients, their families and their caregivers.

For people living through humanitarian crises, palliative care and pain relief are often neglected elements of healthcare. This may be for several reasons, including a focus on saving lives, as well as a fear of opioid prescribing. Yet alleviating suffering and improving dignity at the end of life ought to be essential components of all healthcare provision. This concept is gaining momentum, evidenced by the World Health Organization (WHO) publishing new guidance on palliative care in humanitarian emergencies and the Sphere Association developing new standards in palliative care” (P. I-306)

Please click on the QR code to check out an e-version of the handbook for free. Please pass this around to your colleagues working in Humanitarian settings, or with refugees.

If you would like to reach out to Dr. Richardson, you can email her at [email protected] or PallCHASE at [email protected]

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