Brief Manual on Health Indicators Monitoring Palliative Care Development

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A new manual has been published to accurately track the development of palliative care at national-levels through 25 new indicators.

The resource, published through the University of Navarra’s Institute for Culture and Society, through IAHPC Press, follows the WHO’s Public Health Strategy for palliative care, addressing: inclusion of palliative care in national health policies, access to essential medicines for pain relief and palliative care, training of health professionals, and service provision [1].

The indicators were developed through a systematic review of most frequently used indicators in the last decade to assess palliative care development at the national level [2]. In consultation with an international panel of 24 experts, the indicators were coded according to: policy, education, use of medicines, service provision and professional activity.

Each indicator includes a definition, questions to explore in monitoring the indicator’s application, as well as additional information that contextualizes the indicator within policy frameworks.

The manual is freely available for download from the University of Navarra website.

[1] J, Stjernswärd, Foley KM FF. The public health strategy for palliative care. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2007;33(5):486-.

[2] Natalia Arias-Casais, Eduardo Garralda, Liliana De Lima, John Rhee CC. Global Palliative Care and Cross National Comparison: How is palliative care development assessed? J Palliat Med. 2019 Jan 7. [Epub ahead of print]

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