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Due to the aging of Western populations, deaths due to cancer and chronic disease (eg, chronic lung disease, chronic heart failure and dementia) are expected to increase. For this reason, the care of patients in the last phase of incurable disease is increasingly recognized as an important public health issue. Public health aims to protect and to improve the health and quality of life of a community by translating new knowledge and skills into evidence-based and cost-effective interventions that are available for the community. In this perspective, it will be relevant to investigate how many people die of non-acute diseases in order to further estimate the (symptom) burden of non-acute disease in a society and the resources and services needed to deliver accurate relief.
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