Public 'has little knowledge of palliative care'
Published 12/09/2016 | 02:30
More than half of adults (55pc) report that they have a basic or minimal understanding of what palliative care involves, a new survey reveals today.
The care given to people with life-limiting conditions looks after their physical needs, such as pain relief, as well as their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
More than eight in 10 said they did not believe that there is sufficient public understanding of palliative care.
Young people (18-34) were more likely to know little about palliative care, as 29pc reported no level of understanding, compared to 4pc among over 55s.
Karen Charnley, chief executive of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC), said: "We want to raise awareness that palliative care can benefit the quality of life of any person with a life-limiting or life-shortening illness. Palliative care puts the individual at the centre of every decision, helping them to make choices and supporting their families and carers.
"It is very important that the public are well informed and feel comfortable to discuss their concerns beyond the diagnosis of illness that cannot be cured."
The survey was commissioned by AIIHPC. Palliative Care Week will take place across Ireland from October 3-8.