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Palliative care for the older adult

Kevin Brazil

in A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599400
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0068
Palliative care for the older adult

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The societal shift towards an older population has implications for how palliative care should be provided. This chapter identifies some considerations that policy-makers and health care providers should regard in the provision of palliative care for the older adult. There is a strong body of evidence suggesting that the current health care system does not adequately respond to the needs of older adults. Health care in developed countries is organized around an acute, episodic model of care that no longer meets the needs of many individuals, especially older adults who typically have multiple chronic conditions. The integration of palliative care with life-prolonging care is important to ensure optimal care for the older adult.

Keywords: end-of-life care; older adults; health care; public health; life-prolonging care

Chapter.  4052 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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