A public health perspective on end of life care edited by joachim cohen and luc deliens applies a public health approach to palliative care to show how societies can successfully safeguard a good quality of the end of life for patient populations. Providers communities state and local public health departments and other government enti ties promote high quality end of life care so that the negative consequences of living with and dying from chronic terminal illness can be pre vented from a public health perspective mon itoring the quality of end of life care in. Worldwide more than 50 million people die each year and it is estimated on the basis of the conditions leading to death that up to 60 of them could benefit from some form of palliative care it is a public health challenge to ensure that these people can access good palliative or end of life care pursuing good population health essentially also implies striving for a good enough death . Public health end of life care has promising potential in todays increasingly diverse communities that need to adapt their responses and be flexible in order to meet unique and highly individualised needs a compassionate approach to end of life care guarantees sustainable responses and networks of care that adapt and are flexible. Palliative care is a major player in modern end of life care commonly health service provision broader end of life experiences that take place in community settings sudden deaths frail ageing bereavement commonly escape formal end of life care service provision 1
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