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    2015全球善終指數 香港排第22位 居台灣及新加坡之後

    新加坡連氏基金會(Lien Foundation)聯同經濟學人智庫(EIU) 發表了2015年全球80個國家及地區的善終指數,香港的善終指數下降至全球第22名,正正代表著本地善終及寧養服務仍有進步空間。

    以下為報告摘要原文:

    The UK ranks first in the 2015 Quality of Death Index, a measure of the quality of palliative care in 80 countries around the world released today by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). 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 UK also came top in the first Quality of Death Index, produced in 2010.
    The Quality of Death Index, commissioned by the Lien Foundation, a Singaporean philanthropic organisation, is based on extensive research and interviews with over 120 palliative care experts from across the world. It shows that in general, income levels are a strong indicator of the availability and quality of palliative care, with wealthy countries clustered at the top. Australia and New Zealand take second and third place, as they did in 2010, while rich European and Asian countries dominate the top 20, along with the US in 9th place and Canada in 11th.
    As expected, many developing countries are still unable to provide basic pain management due to limitations in staff and basic infrastructure. Yet some countries with lower income levels demonstrate the power of innovation and individual initiative. For example, Panama (31st) is building palliative care into its primary care services, Mongolia (28th) has seen rapid growth in hospice facilities and teaching programmes, and Uganda (35th) has made huge advances in the availability of opioid painkillers.
    For the first time The EIU has also compared the supply of palliative care—as revealed in the Index—with the demand for such care. The demand analysis, based on countries’ demographic profiles and the burden of diseases for which palliative care is necessary, shows China to be among the most vulnerable from population ageing and the rising incidence of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, which accounted for one-third of all deaths in the country in 2012. 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.

    如有意詳閱,請到以下網址下載完整報告:

    http://www.economistinsights.com/healthcare/analysis/quality-death-index-2015

    或按以下連結查看圖表統計資料:

    http://www.lienfoundation.org/sites/default/files/2015%20Quality%20of%20Death%20Infographic_0.pdf


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