Palliative care which is a distinct medical specialty that is often included within the continuum of comprehensive cancer care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms pain and stress of a serious illness whatever the diagnosis and regardless of the . Several high level reports have recommended closer ties between palliative care services cancer services and pain services to improve patient experience and outcomes 18 20 there is a scarcity of literature on the subject of the interface between pain services and palliative medicine services for cancer pain with only two national surveys . Palliative care has been shown to reduce patient 26 27 and family suffering 28 29 reduce healthcare utilization 30 31 and even improve survival 32 33 in the context of cancer the american society of clinical oncology now recommends routine inclusion of palliative care in the care of people with cancer 34. Palliative care pc aims to improve the quality of life for patients with cancer and their families and its benefits have been demonstrated by several studies the objective of this systematic review is to assess the integration of pc in the content . Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and their families who are facing problems associated with life threatening illness whether physical psychosocial or spiritual each year an estimated 40 million people are in need of palliative care 78 of them people live in low and middle income countries
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