Telephonic Communication in Palliative Care for Better Management of Terminal Cancer Patients in Rural India - A NGO Based Approach


Introduction: Due to financial incapability and absence of manpower poor families often fail to carry their advanced cancer patients to the nodal centres.

Aim(s): This pilot study will explore whether communication by mobile phone can lessen this burden.

Materials and methods: Initially a plan was generated regarding management of an advanced cancer patient in a nodal centre at District Head Quarter. Subsequently every two week a trained social worker attached to nodal centre will follow up and give necessary advice and emotional support to the patients and their families through their registered mobile phone number. Patient’s family were also encouraged to communicate with the team by phone in case of fresh complain and urgency in between.

Conference: 17th Annual ENETSConcerence (2020)

Presenting Author:

Authors: Mandal N,

Keywords: cancer,

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