Estimating the number of patients receiving specialized palliative care globally in 2017

Connor, S. R., Centeno, C., Garralda, E., Clelland, D. and Clark, D. (2021) Estimating the number of patients receiving specialized palliative care globally in 2017. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 61(4), pp. 812-816. (doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.09.036) (PMID:33010338) (PMCID:PMC8012880)

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Context: Palliative care is an emerging health-care service essential for every health-care system. Information on the current status of palliative care service delivery is needed to understand the gap between need for palliative care and current capacity to deliver. Objectives: To estimate the number of providers delivering palliative care worldwide and the patients they served in 2017. Methods: Estimates were obtained from a sample of countries from each World Bank income group using typical case purposive sampling methods. Reliable data from the United States and eight additional countries were used for the high-income group. For low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), to determine an estimate of the number of patients served, 30 countries representative of palliative care service delivery in each region and income group were surveyed. Results: Results from the mapping levels of palliative care development survey identified a total of approximately 25,000 palliative care service delivery teams globally. The total estimate of patients served in 2017 was approximately seven million. Conclusion: Significant disparities in palliative care access exist both by region and income group. The European and Pan-American regions had most while the Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, and African regions had least. Much more needs to be done to develop and deliver palliative care in LMICs where 80% of the need for palliative care exists. With about 70% of operating palliative care services in high-income countries and only 30% in LMICs, a major effort to develop palliative care in these settings is urgently needed.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The contribution of David Clark and David Clelland to this article was funded by a Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom Investigator Award, grant number 103319/Z/13/Z. The funder had no involvement in the design, analysis of results, or preparation of the article.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Professor David and Clelland, Mr David
Authors: Connor, S. R., Centeno, C., Garralda, E., Clelland, D., and Clark, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
ISSN (Online):1873-6513
Published Online:30 September 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 61(4): 812-816
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
170345Interventions at the end of life: social, historical and comparative analysis to promote global improvement.David ClarkWellcome Trust (WELLCOTR)103319/Z/13/ZIS - Interdisciplinary Studies