New Delhi: The Cipla Palliative Care & Training Centre Pune conducted an online survey with 200 oncologists across India in early January 2021. The survey was conducted to understand how palliative care is perceived by oncologists and their thoughts on its early integration into oncotherapy. Oncologists across Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, West Bengal and other states participated in the survey.
Some of the key findings that emerged from the survey were:
57% believe that palliative care includes comprehensive physical, social, and emotional care of patients and caregivers- and that it is not just management of physical pain.
28% believe that palliative care services should be provided at the time of diagnosis.