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UK ranked top for palliative care by Quality of Death Index

The UK continues to deliver the best palliative care in the world according to the latest revision of the Quality of Death Index.

The report commissioned by a Singapore philanthropic organisation the Lien Foundation and released by the Economist Intelligence Unit compares palliative care services in eighty countries using interviews with more than 120 experts.

As in previous reports, the UK was followed by Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Belgium as the best countries in terms of structures supporting palliative care, although the report did not look at the effect these services had on patients and families.

Funding is a key factor in determining the quality of these structures, although examples of resource-poor countries that have made gains in this area include Panama – which has integrated palliative care into primary care and Mongolia – where education and the enthusiasm of individuals has also helped to develop services.

Click here to read the full report

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