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Palliative care in old age

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 December 2006

Raymond SK Lo
Affiliation:
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Sar, China
Jean Woo
Affiliation:
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Sar, China

Abstract

With an aging population globally, and increasing numbers of older patients facing chronic illnesses, better palliative care in old age should be promoted.In this review we will

  1. Highlight the pressing need for better palliative care for older people

  2. Advocate the concept of palliative care as applied to geriatrics and gerontology

  3. Review current end-of-life care for older people with chronic disease, both non-cancer and cancer

  4. Discuss the palliative-care approaches to common physical symptoms and psychospiritual distress

  5. Highlight advanced care planning and quality-of-life issues

Type
Clinical Geriatrics
Copyright
2006 Cambridge University Press

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