The Quality of Death Index for selected countries
Countries are ranked best to worst
in the quality of end-oflife
See notes and definitions below the table.
Notes and Definitions:
The ”Quality of Death” Index ranks countries according to their provision of end-of-life care.
The Index scores countries across four categories—Basic End-of-Life Healthcare Environment,
Availability of End-of-Life Care, Cost of End-of-Life Care and Quality of End-of-Life Care, comprising 24
The indicators fall into three broad categories:
Quantitative indicators: Eleven of the Index’s 24 indicators are based on quantitative data—for
example, life expectancy and healthcare spending as % of GDP.
Qualitative indicators: Ten of the indicators are qualitative assessments of countries’ end-of-life care
standards, for example “Public awareness of end-of-life care”, which is assessed on a scale of 1-5 where
1=little or no awareness and 5=high awareness.
Status indicators: Three of the indicators describe whether something is or is not the case, for example,
“Existence of a government-led national palliative care strategy”, for which the available answers are Yes,
No or In Progress.