The UK has been ranked top for provision of end-of-life care in an index drawn up by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

End of life care has been ranked at the top of 40 countries throughout the world. Image: vitasamb2001

The index ranked 40 countries on their treatment of the dying and because of palliative care, hospices and the access to pain killers, the UK ended up at the top.

Shockingly 8 per cent of people around the world don’t receive palliative care.

Palliative care in the UK involves supporting patients and their families when they are facing life-threatening illness.  The National Institute of Clinical Excellence believe this should include:

  • Treating dying as a normal process
  • Providing pain relief
  • Supporting patients and their family
  • Including psychological and spiritual aspects of care

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