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Public preferences and priorities in Africa

Building on our programmes of research on place of death and global health and partnerships, our EC-funded “PRISMA” programme has published the first data from Africa to reveal public preferences and priorities at the end of life. This study used a novel methodology to recruit and interview members of the public in Kenya (i.e. a street survey) and provides the first evidence to inform emerging palliative care services and to underpin policy. A majority (56.7%) would always want to know that if they had a serious illness with limited time left, and a greater majority would wish to improve quality over quantity of life left (61.4%). Interestingly, home was both the most (51.1% n = 98) and least (23.7% n = 44) preferred place of death. This last data must be appraised in the context of fewer formal resources to enable people to die at home that is found in high income countries. 

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