The Department of Palliative Medicine at Tata Memorial Hospital represents a comprehensive and sustainable model of evidence based, person centered and individualised care that enhances wellbeing at the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions for patients with serious health-related suffering due to severe illness and their caregivers
Palliative Care service in Tata Memorial Hospital was established in 1996. Over the past 25 years, it has deepened its roots and spread its branches far and wide, providing peaceful shade to thousands of advanced care patients. Total bio-psycho-socio-spiritual care is delivered by expert professionals from different disciplines and thus, we are not just doctors, but a TEAM. We care for each other as much as we care for our patients
The Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital started India's first MD Palliative Medicine programme in 2012. The department has so far trained 17 MD students and 6 students are under training.
Out-patient clinics for ambulatory patients, consultation liaison for inpatients,emergency palliative care, palliative consultations for oncological emergencies, Specialised pediatric Palliative care, home based palliative care, Respite palliative care, tele-palliative care and integration with interventional pain management. With these services, we care for about 170-200 patients/day
Post Graduate training-
Psychosocial Palliative care training-
Research has been one of the strongest pillars of Tata Memorial Hospital and so is for our department. We currently have about 20 ongoing clinical research projects in the department. The first Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) conference in Palliative Medicine took place in 2020. We conducted the first ever Palliative Care e-course to be held in India under the aegis of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and PCIC project in Oct 2021.
We believe in quality improvement and implement quality improvement programmes. A Quality improvement project improved the rate of referrals in advanced lung cancer for early palliative care.