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[Correspondence] Barriers in palliative care in China

The 2015 Quality of Death Index1 compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit warned that ageing and booming populations would make palliative care a growing worldwide issue. The Index was based on extensive research and interviews with more than 120 palliative-care experts across the world. The rankings took into account hospitals and hospice environments, staffing numbers and skills, affordability of care, and quality of care. China ranked 71st of 80 countries, and was reported to be “facing difficulties from slow adoption of palliative care and a rapidly aging population”.