Mapping palliative care systems in long term care facilities in Europe - PACE Work Package 1 and EAPC Taskforce Report, 2016
Changes in population demography across Europe are leading to an increased proportion of older people needing to access appropriate care and support services. For some older people, living with multiple complex health conditions, a decision will be made to move into a long-term care facility (LTCF), as they are no longer able to live in their own homes. Residents in LTCFs will require palliative and end of life care within these facilities. This can be provided by health and social care staff working within, and external to, the organisation. The provision and development of palliative care in LTCFs has received increased attention. An EAPC Taskforce: Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Settings for Older People, reporting between 2010 to 2013, examined how palliative care was being developed in LTCFs in 13 European countries. This identified a range of different initiatives and interventions being developed and implemented across the 13 countries. The PACE (Comparing the effectiveness of palliative care for older people in long term care facilities in Europe) research programme, included a Work Package that developed the work of the Taskforce by establishing a second taskforce: Mapping palliative care systems in long term care facilities in Europe which considers palliative care provision in LTCFS across 29 European countries affiliated to the EAPC.