The analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit looked at access to services, quality of care and public awareness in 40 countries
The Quality of Death: Ranking end-of-life care across the world
- The UK leads the world in quality of death; many developed nations must work to catch up.
- Combating perceptions of death, and cultural taboos, is crucial to improving palliative care.
- Public debates about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide may raise awareness, but relate to only a small minority of deaths.
- Drug availability is the most important practical issue.
- State funding of end-of-life care is limited and often prioritises conventional treatment.
- More palliative care may mean less health spending.
- High-level policy recognition and support is crucial.
- Palliative care need not mean institutional care, but more training is needed.