Organization of Palliative Care in Different Parts of the World

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Palliative care has developed rapidly and heterogeneously in the past decade around the globe. In this chapter, we present an overview of palliative care development in different regions of the world with a pair of case studies of models of palliative care delivery within each region. The textbook is divided into subsections based on the following regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East. Regions were decided based on existing palliative care networks, where available. Information regarding palliative care development in each region is organized based on the World Health Organization’s Public Health Strategy for Palliative Care: (1) policies, (2) medicine availability, (3) education, and (4) implementation of services plus (5) vitality (professional activity). This chapter is intended for the reader to gain a high-level view of the state of palliative care development in regions of the world and the challenges and successes within each region. Two case models per region give the reader a quick view into the diversity of palliative care services offered in different regions of the world and give the reader insight into regional-specific delivery models.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ATLANTES Research ProgramInstitute for Culture and Society, University of NavarraPamplonaSpain
  2. 2.Palliative Care UnitClínica Universidad de Navarra, University of NavarraPamplonaSpain
  3. 3.Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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