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Palliative care and the elderly 

Palliative care and the elderly
Palliative care and the elderly

Shahla Siddiqui

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date: 26 October 2020

This chapter explores the role of palliative care for all conditions but focuses on the needs of the elderly. It defines palliative care from a geriatric perspective and its goals. The principles of palliative care are discussed, as is the need for planning of integrated care through interdisciplinary team working. General assessment for symptom management is reviewed, with common symptoms such as dyspnoea, depression, fatigue, and pain being covered in detail. Models of care, as inpatient or within a community service, are discussed with their relative advantages and problems. The hospital palliative care team’s role in communicating with the patient and their families is explored and in assessing the patient’s and families’ views of the future from a prognosis and advanced care perspective. Finally, it summarizes the place of palliative care in all medical care, especially for the elderly patient.

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