Public Health Palliative Care (Health promoting palliative care)

A new concept in palliative care which has emerged over the past decade is that of public health palliative care (also known as health promoting palliative care). This is based on the public health concept of a population approach linking to the World Health Promotion Guidelines ‘the Ottawa Charter’.

The goals of public health palliative care have been described as:

  • Building public policies that support dying, death, loss and grief
  • Creating supportive environments (in particular social supports)
  • Strengthening community action
  • Developing personal skills in these areas, and
  • Re-orientating the health system. [1]
The compassionate communities model has also been used to describe engagement of communities in matters related to death and dying, such as death education in schools and engaging public policy. [2-3]

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  1. Kellehear A. Health promoting Palliative careMelbourne. Oxford University Press; 1999 p20.
  2. Kellehear A. Compassionate communities: end-of-life care as everyone’s responsibility. QJM. 2013 Dec;106(12):1071-5. Epub 2013 Sep 30.
  3. McIlfatrick S, Noble H, McCorry NK, Roulston A, Hasson F, McLaughlin D, et al. Exploring public awareness and perceptions of palliative care: a qualitative study. Palliat Med. 2014 Mar;28(3):273-80. Epub 2013 Sep 11.

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Last updated 22 January 2017