This report examines the cost of providing palliative care in Ireland for individuals facing life-threatening illnesses, outcomes for patients and families resulting from that care, and the patterns and variations among the measures studied. Focusing their examination on three regional areas, researchers found:
Wide variations in the availability of palliative care services across the regions.
Significant differences in how those services are resourced and models of care.
Despite the variation in availability and models of care, costs remain broadly the same across regions.
Among the conclusions from examination of key outcomes for the patients:
High patient satisfaction with palliative care services across all regions.
Where available, hospice care is easier to access and rated more highly on every quality measure than in-hospital care.
The ability to access in-hospice services in the last three months of life would be preferable for patients and may provide savings within hospitals.
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