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Antea Worldwide Palliative Care Conference

Rome, 12-14 November 2008

ABSTRACT FORM

Presenting author ECONOMIC COST OF SPECIALIZED PALLIATIVE CARE
Camilla Zimmermann
Authors (max 6, presenting author included): Camilla Zimmermann
Email:
camilla.zimmermann@uhn.on.ca

Phone The perceived high costs of care at the end of life in developed countries, together with an aging
population, have led to a desire to increase the efficiency and cost effectiveness of end-of-life care.
Specialized palliative care has been proposed as a potential means to reduce costs at the end of
Mobile phone life. Evidence for cost savings in palliative care has been shown in non-randomized studies, but
most randomized studies have not shown such a benefit. However, the latter studies have mostly
been conducted in the United States and also did not define or quantify cost effectiveness. This
session will review and critically examine the evidence for cost savings of specialized palliative
Please underline the most care, and provide a framework for the analysis of cost effectiveness acccording to established
appropriate category for your standards. Studies evaluating the cost of palliative care need to take into account the nonmedical
abstract costs of the patient, as well as the substantial costs that can be incurred by the family and
caregivers due to lost work hours and morbidity. In order to reach meaningful conclusions based
• Pain and other symptoms
on economic analyses, international differences in health care systems also need to be taken into
• Palliative care for cancer patients account, as do regional differences in models and standards of specialized palliative care
• Palliative care for non cancer
patients
• Paediatric palliative care
• Palliative care for the elderly
• The actors of palliative care
• Latest on drugs

• Pain

• Illness and suffering through
media
• Marginalisation and social stigma
at the end of life
• Palliative care advocacy projects

• Prognosis and diagnosis
communication in
different cultures
• Communication between doctor-
patient and patient-
equipe
• Religions and cultures versus
suffering, death and
bereavement
• Public institution in the world:
palliative care policies
and law
• Palliative care: from villages to metropolies

• Space, light and gardens for the terminally ill patient
• End-of-life ethics
• Complementary therapies Session: Education & Research in Palliative care
• Education, training and research
• Fund-raising and no-profit Chair of the session: Dott. Franco Toscani
• Bereavement support
• Volunteering in palliative care
• Rehabilitation in palliative care