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Sixth Salzburg Question launches on World Population Day

Sixth Salzburg Question explores the practicalities of measuring palliative care

Richard Harding, director of global programmes and partnerships at Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London

Oscar Tollast | 11.07.2017

People around the world are being asked to consider a new talking point as part of a global discussion on end of life care.

Earlier today, the sixth question in the Salzburg Questions series was launched to coincide with World Population Day.

The online series has been engaging people in conversation on Twitter since February 20 about issues surrounding palliative care.

July’s question is, “How and what do you measure to ensure quality palliative & EOL care?”

Richard Harding, reader in palliative care and director of global programmes and partnerships at Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, marked the start of a discussion with a blog entry.

Each question in the Salzburg Questions series is launched on an international day of observation and led by people with expertise in the field of palliative care. These people were involved in a Salzburg Global session in December: Rethinking Care Toward the End of Life.

To keep track of the conversations taking place, participants are asked to use the #allmylifeQs hashtag.

At the time of writing, the #allmylifeQs hashtag has generated more than 8.65 million impressions on Twitter. There have been 2,551 tweets involving 500 participants from around the world. Salzburg Global is encouraging as many Fellows as possible to join in with this conversation today and for the rest of the month. 

People are also encouraged to write blogs, which could be hosted on ehospice; the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) blog; Palliverse; and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) newsletter. Vlogs are also welcome and should be sent to so they can be posted to a dedicated YouTube channel.

Please join in the conversation and remember to use the hashtag #allmylifeQs. A Twitter list of Salzburg Global Health Fellows has been created. If you would like to be added to this list, please let us know by subscribing or contacting us on Twitter at @SalzburgGlobal.

List of dates, questions, and people leading discussions

20 February 2017 - World Day of Social Justice - Why aren't countries accountable to commitment on #EOL care for vulnerable people? - Agnes Binagwaho

20 March 2017 - World Happiness Day - Is dying well as important as living well? - Lynna Chandra

07 April 2017 - World Health Day - How have you prepared for your death? - Suresh Kumar

15 May 2017 - World Family Day - Will caring for your dying loved one bankrupt you emotionally and financially? - Sheila Payne

20 June 2017 - World Refugee Day - 145 countries signed why do refugees have limited access to quality health care and #EOL care? - Emmanuel Luyirika

11 July 2017 - World Population Day - How and what do you measure to ensure quality palliative & EOL care? - Richard Harding

28 September 2017 - International Right to Know Day - Doctors, Nurses, do you want to die the way your patients die? - Bruce Chernof

13 October 2017 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day* - Do you know how to access #palliative care when you need it? - Stephen Connor

10 November 2017 - World Science Day for Peace and Development - What future research is needed to improve care for people w advanced illness & towards the end of life? - Irene Higginson  

*This year's World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is taking place on Saturday, October 14. We will launch the question the day before to generate more discussion.

Oscar Tollast