Palliative care for older people: better practices

This publication aims to provide examples of better palliative care practices

for older people. Some examples consider how to improve aspects within the whole health system; specific examples consider how to improve palliative care education, support in the community, in hospitals or for specific groups of people. The publication is intended for policy-makers, decision-makers, planners and multidisciplinary professionals.

Main points

  • Introdution
  • Palliative care
  • Place of death
  • Whole-system approaches to improving palliative care for older people
  • Improving palliative care for older people at home
  • Family caregivers
  • Symptom-speciļ¬c interventions
  • Advance care planning
  • National awareness
  • Educational interventions
  • Palliative care for older poeple with dementia
  • Improving care for older people in hospitals
  • Improving palliative care for older people living in nursing and residential care homes
  • Integrated care pathways
  • Improving palliative care in resource-constrained settings
  • The need for research on palliative care for older people
  • Recommendations 

Date: 01/01/2011
Author: Sue Hall, Hristina Petkova, Agis D. Tsouros, Massimo Costantini and Irene J. Higginson
Organization: World Health Organization
Only for Members: No
Content type: Good practises
Tags: best practices, quality improvement, quality of life, senior generation, health, generations, wellbeing
Categories: Medical & Functions