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Barriers to the delivery of palliative care 

Barriers to the delivery of palliative care
Barriers to the delivery of palliative care

Barry J.A. Laird

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date: 16 May 2022

This chapter discusses several key barriers to the delivery of palliative care, firstly considering the definition of ‘palliative care’. It describes the World Health Organization (WHO) definition and notes that the ideology of palliative care being a concept with which to approach management of patients may still not be fully understood. Furthermore, the differences between generalist and specialist palliative care may also contribute to confusion. Although palliative care as a concept has largely been embraced throughout the world, its implementation into routine clinical care is lacking. Essential to the change from palliative care being a principle available to the few, to being available to all, and a human right, is the need to address the many barriers to the efficient and effective delivery of high-quality palliative care. The chapter argues that the WHO is the key group necessary to develop palliative care worldwide and, together with international palliative care organizations, to help countries advance palliative care services.

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