Palliative care for the older adult

Kevin Brazil*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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 lifeprolonging care is important to ensure optimal care for the older adult.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care
PublisherOxford University Press/UNESCO
ISBN (Electronic)9780191739170
ISBN (Print)9780199599400
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • End-of-life care
  • Health care
  • Life-prolonging care
  • Older adults
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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