Last July 1st, a reform promoted by Senator Miguel Ángel Mancera was approved unanimously by the Senate to incorporate palliative care and the use of controlled medicines for it in Article 4 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States. According to the reform opinion, that care will be aimed at patients with diseases in a terminal situation, limiting or threatening to life, and with this incorporation it is sought to guarantee their dignified death.
Palliative care is the one that seeks to relieve symptoms and attend to the needs of a patient in a comprehensive manner, that is, encompassing the physical, psychological, familiar (in fact, it includes the patient’s family), social and spiritual aspects. Palliative care specialists insist, with good reason, on pointing out that palliative care should be considered for all patients needing attention to relieve their physical pain or other symptoms causing their suffering. This would include caring for patients who might recover from their illness, but who are going through a situation of great distress due to their condition or the treatment they are receiving. Somehow, the reform includes these conditions when talking about limiting or threatening diseases, but there is no doubt that it is a reform seeking to improve the medical care of persons at the end of their life and guarantee them a dignified death.