Neuro palliative care: ‘Being able to die with dignity is every individual’s right’

At the WCNR conference, a session dedicatedly spoke about multitude of issues from neuro palliative care to migraine and Parkinson's disease among others


“As an experienced clinician, we all must be able to tell a patient if they can live and if yes, in what way.

To know that death is near, and to be able to die with dignity is every individual’s right,” said Dr Roop Gurshani, consultant neurologist and epileptologist, PD Hinduja National Hospital in a session that was conducted at the 10th WCNR conference held at the Renaissance convention centre, Powai.

This was one of the most unique sessions conducted at the WCNR, it was related to neuro palliative care in India, migraine, epilepsy profile and care in India and Rehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease.

Speaking at the event, Dr Debashish Chowdhury, Director-Professor, Head of Neurology, In-charge Headache clinic, GB Pant Hospital, said, “Headache is one of the most commonly encountered problems in clinical medicine. And headaches have, unfortunately not received the kind of importance it should have.”

He emphasised that headaches have not been considered as a serious speciality and hence, is not a part of a stream of medicine either.

“Headache disorders are not considered as serious conditions, because they are episodic in nature, they don’t cause death, nor are not they contagious,” added Dr Chowdhury.

Furthermore, Dr Sangeeta Rawat, Professor and Head of Department of Neurology, KEM and consultant epileptologist in Global Hospitals said, “About a sixth of Women With Epilepsy (WWE) in the world are living in India. This huge burden from India can be attitributed to large population, lower income and education, sociocultural prejudices, inadequate resources, competing infectious and non-communicable diseases, and low importance given for public health aspects of epilepsy.”