Health and social care professionals are being asked to take part in a vital survey to help inform end of life care research.
End of life charity Marie Curie is working with the James Lind Alliance to update the top 10 priorities for palliative care, and to establish key areas for research that Marie Curie will fund in the future.
The charity explain that the survey results will help researchers understand what topics of palliative and end of life care research are most important to people living with a serious life-limiting illness.
The partnership wants to hear from people living with a serious life-limiting illness, their family and friends, the health and social care professionals involved in their care, and people who have been bereaved.
Marie Curie believes there is an immediate need for more research to ensure the health and social care sector is ready to meet future demand.
The charity reveals that by 2048, there will be more than 730,000 people with palliative care needs in the UK, with the nation’s ageing population being one factor behind the increase.
Dr Sabine Best, Marie Curie associate director of research management and impact said: ‘At Marie Curie, we know that everyone is affected by death, dying and bereavement but sadly palliative and end of life care research is an extremely underfunded area.
‘This new survey will help us understand the specific needs of people living with a serious life-limiting illness, their carers and the health and social care professionals who support them.’
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