Palliative Care

In cooperation with Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) Salzburg

In a joint venture with Paracelsus Medical University’s Institute for Nursing Science, the ifz analysed the medical field of palliative care and its current state in German-speaking countries. Based on a study that was currently in 2012 and 2013, PMU is currently working on measures to improve the well-being of their patients. The aim is to integrate palliative care on different levels of the health care system. The cooperation of different disciplines and professions is emphasised and (social-)ethical questions are considered to a greater extent.

It has become evident that the provision of an area-wide health care of high quality still requires great efforts. The administration of the welfare and health care systems is still separated and, accordingly, the respective services are carried out independently. This situation complicates the supply of caring measures that are individually suited to the needs of the patient. Furthermore, work that goes beyond existing division lines is rare in the existing health care system. This is a major obstacle for the field of palliative care: it is not only specialized medical facilities where palliative care aims to be made available, but also in all the other places where people spend their everyday lives. In addition to that, the currently existing structures of the health care supply are hierarchical and shaped by clearly divided responsibilities. What follows is a fragmentation of competences. Doctors, caretakers, social workers and ministers rarely coordinate their tasks and duties with each other. Under these conditions, a holistic and anticipatory care is almost impossible. People affected by poverty and social exclusion suffer most from the observed deficits of the system.