Comprehensive management of non-communicable diseases (NCD) which includes palliative care, is an important part of Universal Health Coverage (UN Sustainable Development Goal). In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and other resource poor settings this relies on well-developed primary care. (WHO) As the incidence of NCDs increases, primary care clinicians and other health and care workers in those settings need to be able to identify people needing supportive and palliative care effectively, assess their holistic needs, and plan care with them and their families/community.
SPICT-LIS™ is a tool to help health workers identify people with advanced life-limiting conditions who could benefit from a palliative care approach to their management so that they receive care appropriate to their needs and coordinated care planning.
SPICT-LIS™ began with preliminary testing in Nepal and consensus building with expert clinicians from across Africa, Asia and South America.
SPICT-LIS™ is often used alongside the WHPCA International Palliative Care Toolkit.
SPICT-LIS™ is being translated and adapted for other countries and languages:
Sripaew, S., Fumaneeshoat, O. & Ingviya, T. Systematic adaptation of the Thai version of the Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool for low-income settings (SPICT-LIS). BMC Palliat Care 20, 35 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12904-021-00729-y
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