UK tops 80-coun­try study of ‘Qual­ity of Death’ in­dex

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bri­tain topped an 80-coun­try “qual­ity of death” study re­leased Tues­day, which warned that age­ing and boom­ing pop­u­la­tions would make pal­lia­tive care a grow­ing world­wide is­sue.

The 2015 Qual­ity of Death In­dex, com­piled by the Lon­don-based Economist In­tel­li­gence Unit, found Bri­tain to be the best at pal­lia­tive care.

“Its rank­ing is due to com­pre­hen­sive na­tional poli­cies, the ex­ten­sive in­te­gra­tion of pal­lia­tive care into the Na­tional Health Ser­vice, a strong hos­pice move­ment, and deep com­mu­nity en­gage­ment on the is­sue,” the EIU said.

Bri­tain was fol­lowed by Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Ire­land, Bel­gium and Tai­wan.

Pal­lia­tive care pro­vi­sion was found to be worst in Iraq among the 80 coun­tries stud­ied, with Bangladesh, the Philip­pines, Nige­ria and Myan­mar round­ing out the bot­tom five.

The re­port praised progress made by less wealthy states.

“Many de­vel­op­ing coun­tries are still un­able to pro­vide ba­sic pain man­age­ment due to lim­i­ta­tions in staff and ba­sic in­fra- struc­ture,” it said.

“Yet some coun­tries with lower in­come lev­els demon­strate the power of in­no­va­tion and in­di­vid­ual ini­tia­tive.”

It said Panama (31st) was build­ing pal­lia­tive care into its pri­mary care ser­vices, Mon­go­lia ( 28th) had seen rapid growth in hos­pice fa­cil­i­ties, while Uganda (35th) had made im­pres­sive ad­vances in the avail­abil­ity of opi­oid painkillers.

Main­land China (71st) was found to be among the most vul­ner­a­ble from pop­u­la­tion age­ing and ris­ing in­ci­dences of con­di­tions such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

“The adop­tion of pal­lia­tive care in China has been slow, with a cu­ra­tive ap­proach dom­i­nat­ing healthcare strate­gies,” the study found.

“Many other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries will also need to work hard to meet ris­ing fu­ture need as the in­ci­dence of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease in­creases and their pop­u­la­tions grow older,” the re­port said.

The study found that in­come lev­els cor­re­lated strongly with suc­cess in de­liv­er­ing pal­lia­tive care, though some, such as Sin­ga­pore (12th), Hong Kong (22nd) and Saudi Ara­bia (60th), were lag­ging.

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