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Vol 9, No 4 (2010)
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Published online: 2011-02-02
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The SWOT analysis of Hungarian hospice palliative care

Katalin Hegedűs
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2010;9(4):111-116.

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Vol 9, No 4 (2010)
Original articles
Published online: 2011-02-02

Abstract

Background: In this review, we analyse the current situation of the Hungarian hospice palliative system. The aim was to find out more about positive aspects of care provided as well as barriers that undermine the development of high quality care in a hospice palliative system in operation since 1991.

Material and methods: A SWOT analysis was utilized whereby we investigated internal factors such as Strengths and Weaknesses and external factors such as Opportunities and Threats that affect the system. Questionnaires were sent by the Hungarian Hospice-Palliative Association to the 69 active hospice services in Hungary as of the beginning of 2010, and 49 hospice services returned completed questionnaires.

Results: Strengths include a well-developed legal mandate, government support and financing, and multi-level professional training available at various sites. Primarily, the lack of a genuine multidisciplinarity and the absent of physicians may be seen as barriers. Success may also be threatened by the lack of a comprehensive conceptualized health policy that is characteristic of Central-Eastern European political systems in general. Among the opportunities, it is worth mentioning the ongoing development of management activities, specifications related to professional criteria and competence, and the promise of future development of palliative care units within university clinics.

Adv. Pall. Med. 2010; 9, 4: 111–116

Abstract

Background: In this review, we analyse the current situation of the Hungarian hospice palliative system. The aim was to find out more about positive aspects of care provided as well as barriers that undermine the development of high quality care in a hospice palliative system in operation since 1991.

Material and methods: A SWOT analysis was utilized whereby we investigated internal factors such as Strengths and Weaknesses and external factors such as Opportunities and Threats that affect the system. Questionnaires were sent by the Hungarian Hospice-Palliative Association to the 69 active hospice services in Hungary as of the beginning of 2010, and 49 hospice services returned completed questionnaires.

Results: Strengths include a well-developed legal mandate, government support and financing, and multi-level professional training available at various sites. Primarily, the lack of a genuine multidisciplinarity and the absent of physicians may be seen as barriers. Success may also be threatened by the lack of a comprehensive conceptualized health policy that is characteristic of Central-Eastern European political systems in general. Among the opportunities, it is worth mentioning the ongoing development of management activities, specifications related to professional criteria and competence, and the promise of future development of palliative care units within university clinics.

Adv. Pall. Med. 2010; 9, 4: 111–116

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Keywords

palliative care; hospice care; SWOT analysis; Hungary

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Title

The SWOT analysis of Hungarian hospice palliative care

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 9, No 4 (2010)

Pages

111-116

Published online

2011-02-02

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2010;9(4):111-116.

Keywords

palliative care
hospice care
SWOT analysis
Hungary

Authors

Katalin Hegedűs

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