Palliative Care of the Older Person
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Palliative care should be offered to all patients (regardless of age or disease process) who are suffering from a life-threatening illness.
Older persons have distinct palliative care needs.
Elderly patients should initially receive smaller or less frequent doses of opioids for pain and/or dyspnoea.
The diagnosis of dying is a complex and objective assessment of symptoms and signs.
In the last days of life, routine observations shift from the measurement of vital signs to attending to “vital comforts”.
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