Dying well in Haiti: a hospital-level needs assessment

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Dying well in Haiti: a hospital-level needs assessment
Olson, Miranda (author)
Fehnel, Corey (author)
Shirella, Nicole (author)
Egan, James (author)
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St. Luke Hospital, a private, Haitian-run tertiary care facility in the Tabarre area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, approached the researcher with an interest in developing a hospital-level palliative care initiative. The World Health Organization defines palliative care as "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual." Currently, 80% of people requiring palliative care at the end of life, approximately 16 million people, live in low- and middle- countries. Haiti is in the "capacity building" stage of palliative care work: focused on building the healthcare establishments, educated workforce, and organizational resources necessary to establish services in the future. The health system must begin providing basic palliative care services. The researcher performed initial assessments of medical procedures and the current care climate relevant to end of life patients at St. Luke Hospital, identified current hospital capacities that can form the foundation of future program development, and provided concrete data about the experiences and needs of stakeholders. Data was collected through interviews, surveys, and written observations.
Global Health
Palliative Care
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Olson, Miranda, Fehnel, Corey, Shirella, Nicole, et al., "Dying well in Haiti: a hospital-level needs assessment" (2017). Global Health Research Day. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/item/bdr:697821/



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