Almost half of adults don’t have enough information to make decisions about Palliative Care

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An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the AIIHPC team – Yvonne McCahill, AIIHPC Communications Manager, Karen Charnley, AIIHPC Director, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Paula Pinto, AIIHPC Programme Manager – Policy and Engagement, and Fintan Fagan, AIIHPC Chair and CEO, St Francis Hospice.

Forty three per cent of adults in the Republic of Ireland agreed that if they needed to receive palliative care, they would not have enough information to enable them to have conversations or make decisions about their care, according to a survey of the public’s perceptions of palliative care.

The survey was commissioned by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).
The survey of 1,000 people in the Republic of Ireland carried out in July 2022, also highlighted some of The perceptions that exist about palliative care:

  • 44% of people think of cancer when they hear the term palliative care.
  • 75% of adults agree that when they hear the term palliative care, they think that it is about supporting the quality of life for those with life limiting conditions.
  • 29% of adults would be too scared to make decisions or have these conversations if they needed to receive palliative care.