End of life care in England: A briefing paper

Institute for Public Policy Research, May 2018

Every year in England and Wales over 500,000 people die. For three-quarters of these people, death does not come suddenly. Instead, dying is a process that may take days, weeks or even years, involving a progressive decline in functioning and frequent interactions with health professionals. During this time, many receive some form of end of life care, designed to ease any pain or distress caused by their symptoms, and to maximise their quality of life until the moment of their death. The value of this care cannot be understated, not just for those people who are reaching the end of their lives but also for their families and carers.  This report considers the:

  1. Cost of Care
  2. Quality of Care
  3. Patient and Carer Experience of Care

Click here to view the full report.

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