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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care$
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Joachim Cohen and Luc Deliens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.001.0001

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Design, implementation, and evaluation of palliative care programmes and services with a public health WHO perspective

Design, implementation, and evaluation of palliative care programmes and services with a public health WHO perspective

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(p.195) Chapter 18 Design, implementation, and evaluation of palliative care programmes and services with a public health WHO perspective
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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care
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Xavier Gómez-Batiste

Jose Espinosa

M. Pau González-Olmedo

Marisa Martínez-Muñoz

Cristina Lasmarias

Anna Novellas

Elba Beas

Josep Porta-Sales

Jordi Trelis

Candela Calle

Jan Stjernsward

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0081

From the 1990s onwards the World Health Organization (WHO) has been proposing palliative care as a key element of health care systems, to be inserted into mainstream planning and organization. Accordingly, WHO Public Health Palliative Care Programmes have been implemented. These programmes are defined as the systematic application of several measures to improve the care of advanced and terminal patients and their families at a population level either at the sector, regional, or national level. This chapter describes the principles, aims, and elements of WHO Public Health Programmes.

Keywords:   World Health Organization, palliative care, end-of-life care, health care

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