Published on: January 19, 2024

The first consortium of various institutions/organizations performing palliative care home care services across the country was organized at the Department of Palliative Medicine, St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru  with the theme of ‘Good Practices for Quality Homecare’ on 5th and 6th January, 2024.

It was an invite only conference where representatives came together to develop a standardized protocol for homecare services with principles of safety, quality, efficiency, evidence, cost-effectiveness, patient and staff experience and practicality. The event was inaugurated by Rev Fr John, Associate Director-Hospital and Rev Fr Tony, Associate Director – Finance and Dr Nandini Vallath, Professor and HOD, Palliative Medicine.

The participants were divided into groups and discussions were done on four domains –

  1. Patient experience , care outcomes, monitoring and documentation
  2. Preparedness, Logistics and organization of Homecare
  3. Nursing procedures at home
  4. Managing dying and death at home

The teams prepared presentations outlining the theme and contents, incorporating principles and was presented over an expert panel. The expert panel consisted of Mr Swaroop (MNJIO,Hyderabad), Dr Seema Rao and Dr Babita (Karunashraya, Bengluru), Dr Priya Singh (Cipla Foundation), Mr Prince (Shihab Thangal Center for Humanity, Bengluru), Dr Arjun Devarajan and Mrs Reshma Sreekumar (Pallium India). Other participants were Swamy Vivekananda Youth Movement, Mysore and NIMHANS Homecare, Bangalore.

(Report prepared by Dr Arjun Devarajan, Senior Palliative Care Physician & Section Head-Medical Services, Pallium India.)

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