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Equity and the financial costs of informal caregiving in palliative care

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The financial burden of end of life caregiving can be substantial, and evidence suggests that the costs of caring are not distributed equitably. Our Editorial Board Member Dr. Gardiner and colleagues present a critical debate article and a review of evidence which highlights how the financial costs of informal caregiving represent an equity issue in palliative care, and generates recommendations to be addressed through the recently established European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Taskforce on the financial costs of family caregiving.

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