Chronic Diseases in Geriatric Patients

Book Series: Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine

Volume 1


Tuck Yean Yong

DOI: 10.2174/97816810824551160101
eISBN: 978-1-68108-245-5, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-68108-246-2
ISSN: 2468-2241 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-225X (Online)

Indexed in: EBSCO.

The incidence of multiple chronic diseases affecting a single individual is high among elderly patients. This incidence...[view complete introduction]
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End of Life Care in Older People

- Pp. 189-198 (10)

Kareeann Sok Fun Khow and Tuck Yean Yong


The end-of-life support older people receive is an important aspect of high quality health and social care, especially for those with chronic diseases. To provide high-quality end-of-life care, it is important to clarify with patients their values and goals in treatment through advanced care planning. Such an approach improves the concordance between expressed preferences for care and delivery of care as well as the satisfaction with care. Available research indicates that majority of older people would like the opportunity to discuss their end-of-life care but there are still barriers to such conversations. End-of-life care of older people with chronic diseases should focus on identifying and treating symptoms. Therefore, in end-of-life care, medications which are not intended for symptom control should be avoided.

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