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Marked rise in palliative care predicted

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25-47% of people may need palliative care 25-47% of people may need palliative care

BMC Medicine (2017) DOI:10.1186/s12916-017-0860-2

About 75% of people approaching their end of life benefit from palliative care. Currently, about 375 000 people receive palliative care a year. However, according to a study from King’s College London, demographic changes mean that between 25% and 47% more people may need palliative care by 2040 in England and Wales. The authors say that their estimates of the increase in palliative care need ‘is much greater than previously expected’.

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