Non-cancer patients as an under-served group

Julia Addington-Hall and Katherine Hunt

in A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599400
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739170 | DOI:
Non-cancer patients as an under-served group

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This chapter argues that end-of-life and palliative care for those with non-malignant conditions is an area that requires innovation and future planning. With the demographic shift towards a more aged population and the forecasted increases in long-term conditions, the numbers of people following frailty and dementia illness trajectories is growing rapidly. However, one of the hardest tasks in the management of chronic disease is to understand the transition from actively seeking remission of disease to positively accepting approaching death. Until there are considerable advancements in prognostication in other conditions, it will remain a public health challenge to be able to justify end-of-life care for individual non-cancer patients.

Keywords: end-of-life care; palliative care; aging population; frailty; dementia; chronic disease management; public health

Chapter.  4976 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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