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Palliative care patient needs to increase in next 25 years

A new report co-authored by Dr. Peter May, Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, TCD, predicts a significant increase in the deaths of Irish people with palliative care needs over the next 25 years. With no hospices in some parts of the country, this is deemed a major issue of concern to policy makers. An economist by training, Dr May’s research focusses on care for people with serious medical illness and complex needs. His work entails the design, running and evaluation of interventions for patients and their families. In addition to studies in Ireland, mainly as part of his work at TILDA, he collaborates extensively with research groups in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Dr May’s recent work was recently explored in an RTE interview with Dr Karen Ryan, Principal Investigator on the study, on RTE’s evening programme ‘Drivetime’, broadcast on 6th February 2020. The link to the full paper can be found by pasting this link into your browser https://hrbopenresearch.org/articles/2-35.