Access to palliative care

Gunn Grande

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:
Access to palliative care

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This chapter describes who uses palliative care and reviews the factors affecting access to palliative care. It is difficult to estimate what the appropriate level of palliative care provision in a population should be. However, such provision varies considerably between countries and many patients across the world have little or no access to palliative care due to lack of service provision. Even within nations with good palliative care provision there is considerable local variation. Patients differ in their access to palliative care on the basis of diagnosis, age, socio-economic status, ethnic background and the presence of a family carer. Some of the factors underlying these differences are poorly understood and require further research.

Keywords: access to care; end-of-life care; health care; public health

Chapter.  6648 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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