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Human rights issues 

Human rights issues
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Human rights issues
Author(s):

Frank Brennan

and Liz Gwyther

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0101
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date: 07 May 2021

Despite significant advances, there are major deficits in the provision of palliative care throughout the world. Issues including inadequate access to essential medications, lack of education of health professionals, absent national policies on palliative care and pain management, poverty, lack of infrastructure, and social and political dislocation all challenge this provision. One response to these deficits has been advocacy stating that palliative care is a basic human right. This chapter examines the history and foundations of this concept, the response of the United Nations and other international bodies, and the practical ways a human rights approach can advance advocacy for, and the provision of, palliative care.

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