Hospice and Palliative Care - Access for All

by Rebecca Macnair

Oct 2, 2006
Published to coincide with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2006, this report showcases the success stories of how hospice and palliative care has been provided in the most difficult settings. It also explores how services can be made more accessible and reflects the diversity of our society and the different beliefs and attitudes to care that people have. It focuses on a number of barriers to good care provision including geography, complex needs, culture and perception, and social exclusion.
  • A 2004 report by the UK House of Commons indicated that there were considerable inequalities in palliative health care access across the country.
  • Areas of social affluence had better aqccess to palliative care services than socially deprived areas, services mainly addressed the needs of cancer patients, and appeared to be underused by members of the black and minority ethnic communities, the elderly, and people with complex needs.
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