Special Issue "Recent Advances in Palliative and End-of-Life Care"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.
Interests: patient-reported health outcome (patient experience, health-related quality of life); healthcare service delivery and quality; cervical cancer screening
With advanced medical knowledge and technology, life expectancy has been increasing rapidly in the past decades. However, this dramatic increase in life expectancy did not come with a proportionate increase in the quality of life, particularly during the end stage of life. This leads to increasing challenges in the care journey, including patient engagement, caregiver support, hospital readmission, advocacy of advance directive, palliative and hospice care development, and policy in the fragmented medical and social care. This puts increasing pressure on the health system and social system in most countries. I suggest that the research on patient-centered care urgently needs to be refocused to include the end of life in life-limiting conditions and life-threatening diseases, thereby increasing both patients’ quality of life, caregivers’ well-being, as well as the burden on the health system. Measuring the quality of care in the end of life is done through a ranking system with international measures to facilitate comparison between countries and over time. However, there are hot debates about the value of these rankings conceptually, culturally, politically and morally which may not be applicable in different contextual settings and health systems. Thus, the value should support the analysis of factors behind the performance in both quantitative and qualitative ways so as to provide the input for action towards the improvement of end of life care.
This Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the current state of knowledge to improve the quality of care in end of life and strengthen the development of palliative and hospice care. New research papers, reviews, case reports, commentaries, and expanded conference papers are welcome to this Issue. Papers dealing with new approaches to palliative and end-of-life care are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Eliza Lai-yi Wong
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- palliative care
- end of life
- life-limiting condition
- life-threatening disease
- patient-centered care
- patient experience and satisfaction
- health-related quality of life
- caregiver’s experience
- stakeholder views
- care journey
- advance directive
- healthcare service delivery
- health system and policy