Evidence on the cost and cost-effectiveness of palliative care: A literature review

  title={Evidence on the cost and cost-effectiveness of palliative care: A literature review},
  author={Samantha Smith and Aoife Brick and Sin{\'e}ad O'Hara and Charles Normand},
  journal={Palliative Medicine},
  pages={130 - 150}
Background: In the context of limited resources, evidence on costs and cost-effectiveness of alternative methods of delivering health-care services is increasingly important to facilitate appropriate resource allocation. Palliative care services have been expanding worldwide with the aim of improving the experience of patients with terminal illness at the end of life through better symptom control, coordination of care and improved communication between professionals and the patient and family… 

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It is argued that the assumption that units of time of different quality of life can be added to assess the overall experience at the end of life may not apply, and that alternative perspectives, such as the Peak and End Rule, might offer useful perspectives.