Economics of Palliative
& End-of-Life Care

People living and dying with serious and complex illness are among the most significant challenges facing 21st century health care. While widely recognised as a policy priority, economic research to inform improvement efforts is relatively limited. Consequently, evidence on priority-setting, palliative population and family, community preferences, options on faith-based care and comfort, relative costs and effects, economic evaluation, the psychology of decision-making, and broader health system analysis is scarce.

The Economics of Palliative and End-of-Life Care SIG encourages members to tackle issues in palliative, hospice and end-of-life care. By improving the quality and quantity of economics research undertaken globally, we aim to improve health care provision and delivery (e.g. remote smart technology based care, telehealth), and in turn the outcomes for people with serious and complex medical illness.


Coming soon!


July Update

Past Webinars

  • Trajectories of Care at the End of Life: Implications for Health Systems with Ageing Populations – February 21, 2020
  • High costs in end-of-life care: An alternative economic perspective – November 30, 2018


Coming soon!

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the EPEC SIG is to stimulate, facilitate and promote scientific discussion, international dialogue and collaborative research in the economics of palliative and end-of-life care. We will help connect global researchers interested in health economics and palliative and end-of-life care, facilitate collaboration on research projects, and grant proposals through the IHEA website, blogs, and webinars. Members are encouraged to share experiences and consider opportunities for applying evidence from economic studies in health policy and system reforms. We aim to promote our methodological and applied research through the special organized sessions at the IHEA Congress and other major conferences.


Dr. Nikki McCaffrey, Senior Research Fellow (Economics of Cancer), Deakin University

Dr. Peter May, Health Economist, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland