Alleviating the access abyss in palliative care and pain relief – an imperative of universal health coverage: the Lancet Commission report

by Felicia Marie Knaul, Paul E Farmer, Eric L Krakauer et al. on behalf of the Lancet Commission on Palliative Care and Pain Relief Study Group
The Lancet – Published: October 13, 2017

64 pp. 6.1 MB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)32513-8.pdf

This Lancet Commission aims to (1) quantify the heavy burden of serious health-related suffering associated with a need for palliative care and pain relief; (2) identify and cost an essential package of palliative care and pain relief health services that would alleviate this burden; (3) measure the unmet need of an indispensable component of the package – off patent, oral, and injectable morphine; and (4) outline national and global health-systems strategies to expand access to palliative care and pain relief as an integral component of UHC while minimising the risk of diversion and non-medical use.

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