Kenya: disclosure in palliative care
23 October 2012
Nakuru Hospice Photo: Aquinas Nyakundi
Revealing a life limiting illness affecting a patient remains a major challenge to most doctors and family members. Aquinas Nyakundi looks at the role of counselling and disclosure at Nakuru Hospice in Kenya.
According to Mrs Afia Waititu, a palliative care nursing officer at Nakuru Hospice, family members who know the exact ailment find it hard to break the bad news to the sick. “Counselling is the main option to explain the importance of disclosure so that the patient can understand his/her health status.” Mrs Waititu says.
The article also examines pain management at the hospice.
Nakuru Hospice in partnership with Nakuru Provincial General Hospital has provided palliative care services to over 900 patients since its inception in July 2009.
Read the full story on the Kenya edition of ehospice.