Better palliative care for older people / edited by Elizabeth Davies and Irene J. Higginson
AbstractMost deaths in European and other developed countries occur in people aged over 65, but relatively little health policy concerns their needs in the last years of life. As life expectancy increases, the number of people living to older ages is also increasing in many countries. At the same time, the relative number of people of working age is declining and the age of potential caregivers is increasing. Palliative care is therefore of growing public health importance. Older people have traditionally received less palliative care than younger people and services have focused on cancer. This booklet is part of the WHO Regional Office for Europe's work to present evidence for health policy- and decision-makers in a clear and understandable form. It presents the needs of older people, the different trajectories of illnesses they suffer, evidence of underassessment of pain and other symptoms, their need to be involved in decision-making, evidence for effective palliative care solutions, and issues for the future. A companion booklet entitled "Palliative care - the solid facts" considers how to improve services and educate professionals and the public
Davies, Elizabeth, Higginson, Irene J & World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2004). Better palliative care for older people / edited by Elizabeth Davies and Irene J. Higginson. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107563
DescriptionPublished in collaboration with the European Institute of Palliative Care, Open Sociaty Institute, King's College London, and the European Institute of Oncology
Gov't Doc #EUR/03/5045272
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