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Palliative care as a framework for older people's long-term care.

  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
Publishing year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 9-224
Publication/Series: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Volume: 12
Issue: 5
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Mark Allen

Abstract english

This article draws on the findings from several years of research on the health problems, quality of life and care of older people, especially during the later years of life, and argues that there is a need to develop and provide care according to the principles of palliative care. The findings indicate that palliative care, including a focus on symptom management, psychosocial and existential issues, may be appropriate for the long-term care of older or very old people - not just those at the very end of life. However, the way that palliative care is provided to older people at the very end of life needs to be adjusted. It should be adapted to the situation that accompanies advanced age and having lived a long life. It should recognize that symptom management ought to address clusters of health complaints rather than isolated symptoms, bodily changes and how they are perceived. Palliative care for older people should also take into consideration the importance of the social network as well as common fears of dying and the very essence of death, and fear of being separated from one's loved ones and the activities valued in life.


  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
  • Length of Stay: statistics & numerical data
  • Long-Term Care: organization & administration
  • Long-Term Care: psychology
  • Longevity
  • Models
  • Fear
  • 80 and over: psychology
  • Attitude to Death
  • Attitude to Health
  • Aged
  • 80 and over: physiology
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Palliative Care: organization & administration
  • Morbidity
  • Palliative Care: psychology
  • Medical
  • Philosophy
  • Humans
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Organizational
  • Psychological
  • Nursing
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Values
  • Stereotyping


  • ISSN: 1357-6321
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions