Economist Intelligence Unit - Quality of Death Report: Breaking taboo around death and dying is crucial to improving palliative care

15 July 2010
Dying Matters Coalition today welcomes a report that places the UK at the top of an international league table rating End of Life Care provision. Dying Matters is calling for due attention to be paid to the report’s central theme that combating the taboos which continue to surround subjects of death and dying will be crucial to the improvement of palliative care.

The report places the UK at the top of the 40 countries ranked in the Quality of End of Life Care Index, citing that it has ‘has led the way in terms of its hospice care network and statutory involvement in end-of-life care.’ Dying Matters exists to harness the world-leading activity of its coalition members and end of life care network to promote the value of transforming public attitudes surrounding death and of preparing advanced care plans. 

Mayur Lakhani, GP & Chairman, Dying Matters, comments:
“Breaking the cultural taboo that surrounds death and dying is crucial to improving palliative care. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report puts the UK at the top of the international league table rating End of Life Care provision – which is to be celebrated, but this must not make us complacent, or overshadow the UK public’s startling lack of preparedness for death that frustrates end of life care provision. 

“Dying Matters Coalition is leading the way in transforming public attitudes towards death and dying to promote the value of thinking, talking and preparing for death. Research conducted earlier this year revealed that over 81% of UK adults have not written down any preferences around their own death. This shows that there is still much work to do to challenge society’s reticence in tackling issues around dying, death and bereavement head on, in order to improve the quality of end of life in the UK.”

Read Prof. Mayur Lakhani, GP & Chairman, National Council for Palliative Care & Dying Matters, comment in The Independent here.

Read the full story here.

 

The report places the UK at the top of the 40 countries ranked in the Quality of End of Life Care Index, citing that it has ‘has led the way in terms of its hospice care network and statutory involvement in end-of-life care.’ Dying Matters exists to harness the world-leading activity of its coalition members and end of life care network to promote the value of transforming public attitudes surrounding death and of preparing advanced care plans. 
Mayur Lakhani, GP & Chairman, Dying Matters, comments:
“Breaking the cultural taboo that surrounds death and dying is crucial to improving palliative care. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report puts the UK at the top of the international league table rating End of Life Care provision – which is to be celebrated, but this must not make us complacent, or overshadow the UK public’s startling lack of preparedness for death that frustrates end of life care provision. 
“Dying Matters Coalition is leading the way in transforming public attitudes towards death and dying to promote the value of thinking, talking and preparing for death. Research conducted earlier this year revealed that over 81% of UK adults have not written down any preferences around their own death. This shows that there is still much work to do to challenge society’s reticence in tackling issues around dying, death and bereavement head on, in order to improve the quality of end of life in the UK.”Read the full story here

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