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The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the Geriatric Outpatient Setting 

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the Geriatric Outpatient Setting

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The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the Geriatric Outpatient Setting
Author(s):

Joan E. Dacher

and Sherrie Murray

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0015
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date: 26 March 2017

The appropriateness of palliative care for older adults is evidenced by the demographic profile of older Americans as well as the data that speak to the efficacy and cost of care provided. A model for providing palliative care is well established and can be found in the nexus between the principles of palliative care and gerontology. The outcome of these is a strong evidence-based case for ensuring that palliative care is available to older adults. The APRN proving geriatric care offers primary care, care coordination, interdisciplinary team communication, and assisting patients to navigate the health system, advocacy and patient education while providing evidenced based practice. Common palliative geriatric symptoms include sleep disturbances depression, anxiety and grief, cognitive impairment, and disability or change in functional status, polypharmacology and post hospitalization medication adherence,With the appropriate education, knowledge, and skills, advanced practice registered nurses are well situated to play a pivotal role in providing palliative care to older adults in outpatient settings.

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