The International Observatory on End of Life Care: a new research and development initiative in end of life care

Clark, D., Wright, M., Bath, P. and Gatrell, A. (2003) The International Observatory on End of Life Care: a new research and development initiative in end of life care. Progress in Palliative Care, 11(3), pp. 136-138. (doi:10.1179/096992603235001410)

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Abstract

Around the world more than 1 million people die each week. It is estimated that 60% of these could benefit from some form of palliative care. Yet at the moment only a tiny minority of dying people ever receive the support of hospice and palliative care services and unrelieved suffering persists on a large scale. Palliative care is hugely underdeveloped in most resource-poor countries, and it is still significantly constrained even in many countries with otherwise ‘advanced’ healthcare systems. At the same time there is a significant shortage of political leaders and ‘product champions’with an interest in palliative care and we lack national and international policies to promote its development. The creation of a trained multidisciplinary workforce to deliver clinical care, educational programmes to support them, and an evidence base to highlight both unmet need and the efficacy of existing provision are all additional challenges.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Professor David
Authors: Clark, D., Wright, M., Bath, P., and Gatrell, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Progress in Palliative Care
Publisher:Maney Publishing
ISSN:0969-9260
ISSN (Online):1743-291X

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