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Learning more about palliative care

People are being encouraged to learn more about palliative care, as details of a public information campaign are announced.

Palliative Care Week takes place from October 3-8 and is being coordinated by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) to encourage greater understanding of palliative care.

The campaign theme is Enabling Living to highlight the positive impact palliative care has on the quality of life of people living with a serious and progressive condition.

Comprehensive information including videos, a leaflet and posters can be found atwww.thepalliativehub.com. There is also information on how to engage in a number of social media activities and how to follow these using the hashtag #pallcareweek.

Information events will be happening locally in communities, in hospitals, hospices, palliative care units and across organisations during the week.

A survey carried out by AIIHPC in advance of the week found that more than half of adults surveyed in Ireland (55%) reported that they have a basic or minimal understanding of what palliative care involves. 85% percent of respondents did not believe that there is sufficient public understanding of palliative care.

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