The Forum Report
The Forum was designed by the Irish Hospice Foundation
to engender greater public discussion on end of life and the care of
those at the end of their lives. However, the exercise was also very
much a listening one, to identify participants' views about end of
life issues, and their wishes and aspirations for the care and
treatment of those at end of life.
This Forum Report
report brings together the views of those who contributed to the Forum
by making submissions, by presenting papers to workshops, and by
participating in discussions at workshops and public meetings. The
Report is a comprehensive analysis of the rich and varied material -
factual, experiential, theoretical - presented to the Forum. It is
organised thematically into chapters, the themes having emerged
organically in the course of the analysis.
The report does not
seek to present the latest national or international thinking on any
aspect of palliative or end of life care. Its purpose is, rather, to
communicate the main themes, messages and issues raised by contributors
to the Forum. It thus provides a baseline document, which then informed
a Draft Action Plan.
This means that those who contributed to the process have played a key
role in shaping the National Council of the Forum's current Work Plan.
Carroll, the former Director of the National Council on Ageing and
Older People, compiled and wrote the Forum Report and Draft Action Plan.