Palliative care is as old as human compassion, but as an organised research-based field of care, it has only developed in the last 40 years. Since the emergence of palliative care as a research-based field, many changes have occurred, and demands for it increased over the years – demands that pose new challenges and pressure to provide improved and better services. Pressures have emerged to provide improvements in palliative care within the mainstream services rather than as specialised additional services. This call for change and improvement prompts an in-depth review and reassessment of the practices employed today in palliative care. This chapter details the background of the overall study presented in this book. Against the background aforementioned, the study aims to contribute to the process of reassessment and change in palliative care. It aims to provide evidence on the developments concerning palliative care in the future and within an international context. This review posits the first research to address the development of palliative care within an international context.
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