Reducing Treatment Coﬆ in Cancer Patients with Providing Palliative Care: a Successful Experiment in Golestan Province
Introduction: Palliative care is fundamental to health and patient rights. The aim of palliative care is to improve the quality of life in advanced illness and reducing pain. It is characterized as a holiﬆic approach which includes all aspects such as physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Our purpose of this ﬆudy is to report a successful experience of utilizing palliative care in Goleﬆan province. Materials and Method. This qualitative research was conducted in Goleﬆan province, Iran using the content analysis method. In this ﬆudy, data was gathered from a 90-minute semi-ﬆructured interview with the founder of Goleﬆan’s Mehr club. The interview was recorded and transcribed afterward. Results: Data analysis on the implementation of palliative care showed the themes ‘simpliﬁcation of treatment, crisis management, coﬆ reduction, home care, and barriers againﬆ palliative care’. Some codes were repeated in the interviews such as having a truﬆee, avoiding confusion and relief. The interview reported that cancer, in addition to physical suﬀering, causes social, familial, and ﬁnancial trauma. Conclusion: Our ﬁndings demonﬆrated that palliative care will result in coﬆ reduction in hospital and medical expenses for cancer and terminally ill patients in Goleﬆan province. It is essential for health practitioners to utilize palliative care as localized guideline to improve quality of life in advanced illnesses such as end ﬆage cancers.
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