The Implementation and Advancement of Palliative Care Nursing in Turkey
Istanbul University Florence Nightingale Nursing Faculty, Abide-i Hurriyet Cad. Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
- Corresponding Author:
- Can G, MD, RN, PhD
Associate Professor, Istanbul University Florence Nightingale Nursing Faculty
Abide-i Hurriyet Cad. Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: 90 532 6264969
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: September 15, 2015 Accepted Date: October 21, 2015 Published Date: October 26, 2015
Citation: Can G (2015) The Implementation and Advancement of Palliative Care Nursing in Turkey. J Palliat Care Med S5:001. doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000S5001
Copyright: © 2015 Can G. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Over the last two decades the need for palliative care services has risen in the Middle East and surrounding countries, such as Turkey, driven largely by a dramatic increase in patients’ needs for late phase cancer care outside the walls of acute care centers. Nurses in Turkey are central to ensuring that the majority of these patients and families receive the highest quality palliative care possible. This manuscript describes the scope of palliative care nursing in Turkey highlighting pertinent legislation and the response of nursing education to provide quality care to patients and families in need. In order to describe in full the issues in providing palliative nursing care, the following areas are explored: (1) historical aspects of palliative care in Turkey, (2) organizational and legislative issues, (3) responses of educational programs, and (4) the research and clinical practice issues that impact palliative nursing care in Turkey. Conclusions are drawn and implications for the advancement of palliative nursing care in Turkey are discussed.