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Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care

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Palliative, end of life and bereavement care is one of the most neglected and complex areas of health systems today, one that affects all humans and that can only be understood by crosscutting disciplines. Global need for this care approach is fast-growing in an ageing and changed social world with limited care resources. Worldwide projections published in 2019, in which our group collaborated, showed the number of people dying with serious health-related suffering is set to double from 26 million in 2016 to 48 million in 2060. This includes children, adolescents and adults living and dying from complex chronic conditions. The loss of each of these persons leaves around five people grieving. Palliative, end of life and bereavement care should be accessible to all. Research is needed to help achieve this.

Our group brings together researchers and clinicians from different fields, working closely with patients and carers to act as a hub for interdisciplinary research and innovation.

As an emerging research strand of ICBR, our main goals are to build fresh knowledge and discover new ways of organising care, interventions and product solutions, with a view to help people live better with illness, death and bereavement, according to what is most important to them and with the best possible quality of life.