The Economist Intelligence Unit was commissioned by the Lien Foundation, a Singaporean philanthropic organisation, to devise a "Quality of Death" Index to rank countries according to their provision of end-of-life care.
To accompany the Index, the Economist Intelligence Unit interviewed experts around the world and reviewed existing research on the topic of end-of-life care for this white paper, which addresses issues relating to the Quality of Death as quantified by the Index rankings. Not all of the complex cultural, ethical and sociological issues connected to dying could be included in the Index, but many of these are examined qualitatively in this report. (The Index, and this paper, do not address violent or accidental deaths, which are undoubtedly a great cause of end-of-life suffering globally, but for which remedies are rarely related to standards of healthcare.)
This paper also puts the Index findings into context and attempts to define the issues that must be considered when policymakers seek to improve the quality of death faced in their countries by those with incurable illness.
Sarah Murray was the author of the report and David Line was the editor. Anna Morris assisted with the research. Gaddi Tam was responsible for design. The Index was devised and constructed by an Economist Intelligence Unit research team led by Tony Nash, Hirofumi Sano and Manoj Vohra.
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