WHO wants more palliative care for Europeans

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:248
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    Many Europeans who are terminally ill die in unnecessary pain and discomfort because their health systems lack skilled staff and do not widely offer palliative care services, according to two studies published by the World Health Organization this month.

    In the two reports WHO found that although Europe's population is ageing and more people are dying of chronic diseases, the range and quality of palliative care services remain severely limited …

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