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Projected service use and outcomes in 3--5 years and 5--10 years

Adults :: End of life :: Projected service use and outcomes in 3--5 years and 5--10 years

It is predicted that by 2020, the ageing population will increase globally, with more people dying from chronic rather than acute diseases[1] and health care will increasingly focus on achieving the best possible quality of life for patients and their families and providing palliative care. Part of this includes meeting their wishes with regards to place of care and of death. In Medway, it is anticipated that the over 65s population will increase by 28.1% from 2010 to 2020.

Based on current trends, it is expected that the prevalence of major causes of death in Medway will continue to rise over the next 5 to 10 years. This increase in prevalence and an ageing population will impact on end of life care services within health and social care.


References

[1]   Davies E, Higginson I. Better Palliative Care for Older People 2004; WHO Europe. http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/98235/E82933.pdf .