The Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria (CPCN)
Our Vision is to become the foremost organization to champion the course of palliative care in Nigeria in order to improve the quality of life and reduce the suffering of people with serious and life-limiting illnesses.
The Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria (CPCN) is a Not for profit sharing organization based in Ibadan, Oyo State registered in 2005 ( registration number CAC/IT/19744 ). The organization was set up by a group of volunteers who in 1996 were deeply concerned about the pain and suffering being experienced by cancer patients and their families in the absence of strong pain medications (opioid analgesics) for effective pain relief. Its mission is to provide comprehensive hospice and palliative care services to patients and their families as well as develop palliative care education and research in Nigeria
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WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE ?
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and theirfamilies who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- It puts the patients goals, desires, and decisions first
- Improves quality of life by focusing on the care of the whole individual (body, mind and spirit)
- Improves communication between patients, their families, other caregivers and healthcare providers
- Helps patients and families understand treatment goals and plan
- Provides control of pain and other distressing symptoms,thus enabling comfort
- Reduces unnecessary investigations and hospital visits through home based care and other follow up methods
- Enables patients to maintain connections with families and friends
- Adds quality life to days and not just days to life by reducing pain and suffering.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
All patients with serious illnesses – children, adults, elderly with their families and caregivers.
From the point of diagnosis of serious illness (cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke and neurological diseases, Organ failures – liver, kidney, lungs etc )throughout the illness and especially towards the end-of-life and bereavement.
Series I – Pain relief methods
ASK ABOUT THE PAIN AND BELIEVE THE PATIENT
Assess and re-assess after treatment as appropriate using:
- Pain-relieving medicines
- Physical therapies such as massage, heat or cold packs, exercise and hydrotherapy
- Psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation techniques and meditation
- Mind and body techniques such as acupuncture
- Occupational therapy
- Community support groups