Using a ‘quality of death’ index nations have been ranked in relation to their end-of-life care provision with nations where palliative care has been integrated into the national healthcare agenda rating highest. The UK tops the ranking overall with Australia and New Zealand filling the number two and three positions. Ireland rates favourably, taking the number four position in overall ranking and number five for quality of death. Ireland is also noted among the nations with the highest levels of public debate about end of life care.
Among other relevant findings are the relationship between openness in communicating about death and the overall quality of palliative care. The economic benefits of an integrated approach to end-of-life care is also highlighted.