sag to hang down or bend in the middle, especially because of the weight
of something [syn] sink down: His whole body seemed to sag with relief.
The Brief DATA The Best Place to Die (October 26, 2015)
(1) U.K. (9) U.S. (14) Japan
Quality of Death Index 2015
Ranking palliative care across the world
The UK ranks first in the 2015 Quality of Death Index, a measure of the quality of palliative care
in 80 countries around the world released today by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Its ranking is due to comprehensive national policies, the extensive integration of palliative care
into the National Health Service, a strong hospice movement, and deep community engagement on the issue.
The UK also came top in the first Quality of Death Index, produced in 2010.
The Quality of Death Index, commissioned by the Lien Foundation, a Singaporean philanthropic organisation,
is based on extensive research and interviews with over 120 palliative care experts from across the world.
It shows that in general, income levels are a strong indicator of the availability and quality of palliative care,
with wealthy countries clustered at the top. Australia and New Zealand take second and third place,
as they did in 2010, while rich European and Asian countries dominate the top 20, along with the US in
9th place and Canada in 11th.
As expected, many developing countries are still unable to provide basic pain management due to
limitations in staff and basic infrastructure. Yet some countries with lower income levels demonstrate
the power of innovation and individual initiative. For example, Panama (31st) is building palliative care
into its primary care services,
Mongolia (28th) has seen rapid growth in hospice facilities and teaching programmes, and
Uganda (35th) has made huge advances in the availability of opioid painkillers.
For the first time The EIU has also compared the supply of palliative care―as revealed in the Index―with
the demand for such care. The demand analysis, based on countries' demographic profiles and
the burden of diseases for which palliative care is necessary, shows China to be among the most
vulnerable from population ageing and the rising incidence of conditions such as cardiovascular disease,
which accounted for one-third of all deaths in the country in 2012. Many other developing countries will
also need to work hard to meet rising future need as the incidence of non-communicable disease increases and their populations grow older.