Over the last decade, Europe has grown to become a unified community that strengthens economic cooperation, political harmony and cultural exchange.
As a consequence of, and in response to this societal phenomenon, the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) has included under its organizational umbrella an increasing number of national and regional palliative care associations, and it has represented many more individual members from different countries over the years.
The gaining of knowledge and understanding of the development of programmes to promote end of life and palliative care, and more effective pain relief across Europe has become increasingly valuable to governments and policy makers committed to improving national or regional health care systems.
An opportunity to share information and experience with other colleagues is encouraging to European health professionals interested in approaching end of life care matters in an ever more culturally diverse working environment.
Reliable information on the development and provision of palliative care across Europe, however, remains scattered. For this reason, in June 2003, the EAPC Board agreed to the creation of an official Task Force to research palliative care developments in the European region including all the countries that make up the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region, a total of 52 countries at that time.
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