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Dominican Republic: a bad place to die

According to a study by Dr. Virginia Navarro, presented at the 7th Scientific Journal of the Ney Arias Lora Hospital, the Dominican Republic is ranked after Mexico, Chile and Argentina in palliative care. Navarro presented the study “Comparative Analysis between Spain and 12 Latin American Countries Regarding Final Life Stages Care and Donation of Organs and Tissues” within the framework of the conference.

Navarro conducted a comparative study of different countries to look at the advantages and disadvantages of national health concentrating on provisions for palliative care during the final stages of life. She said the data was tabulated to create the Quality of Death Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit that encompasses 80 countries. The DR was ranked the worst country for palliative care in the 2015 Quality of Death Index.

The study factors that directly influenced the bad local ranking were deficient policy of palliative care, deficient focus on treatment in the final stages of life, lack of legislation, insufficient resources and lack of knowledge on the subject by health professionals. She also highlighted the lack of adequate infrastructure and lack of beds in intensive care units.

Dr. Navarro observed that palliative care in the country is primarily directed to cancer patients. She said there are also no efficient policies for organ donations, which she said leads to trafficking in organs and mentioned the case of the child Carla Massiel, being investigated by the judiciary.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Sep 14, 2017

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