Palliative care for older people: A public health perspective

Paperback | June 3, 2015

EditorLieve Van den Block, Gwenda Albers, Sandra Martins Pereira

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Current projections indicate that by 2050 the number of people aged over 80 years old will rise to 395 million and that by this date 25-30% of people over the age of 85 will show some degree of cognitive decline. Palliative care for older people: A public health perspective provides acomprehensive account of the current state of palliative care for older people worldwide and illustrates the range of concomitant issues that, as the global population ages, will ever more acutely shape the decisions of policy-makers and care-givers. The book begins by outlining the range of policies towards palliative care for older people that are found worldwide. It follows this by examining an array of socio-cultural issues and palliative care initiatives, from the care implications of health trajectories of older people to the spiritualrequirements of palliative care patients, and from the need to encourage compassion towards end-of-life care within communities to the development of care pathways for older people. Palliative care for older people: A public health perspective is a valuable resource for professionals and academics in a range of healthcare and public health fields to understand the current state of policy work from around the world. The book also highlights the social-cultural considerationsthat influence the difficult decisions that those involved in palliative care face, not least patients themselves, and offers examples of good practice and recommendations to inspire, support, and direct healthcare policy and decision-making at organisational, regional, national and internationallevels.

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Current projections indicate that by 2050 the number of people aged over 80 years old will rise to 395 million and that by this date 25-30% of people over the age of 85 will show some degree of cognitive decline. Palliative care for older people: A public health perspective provides acomprehensive account of the current state of pallia...

Lieve Van den Block, MSc, PhD, is Professor of communication and education in family medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She also works as postdoctoral researcher of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders working in the End-of-Life Care Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University in Belgium where sh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:June 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I Palliative Care for Older People : An introduction1. Gwenda Albers, Sandra Martins Pereira, Bregje Onwuteaka-Pchilipsen, Luc Deliens, Roeline Pasman, Lieve Van den Block: A public health perspective to palliative care for older people: An introductionPART II Organization of and policies for palliative care for older people2. Zeynep Guldem Okem: Long-term Care Systems3. Katherine Froggatt and Hazel Morbey: Development of palliative care in long-term care4. Hubertus Vrijhoef and Liesbeth Borgermans: Development of integrated person-centred care in long-term care5. Richard Harding, Richard A. Powell and Liz Gwyther: Policies on palliative care for older people in Africa6. Cynthia Goh, Sumytra Menon and Noreen Chan: Policies on palliative care for older people in Asia7. David Currow and Jane Phillips: Policies on palliative care for older people in Australia8. Carlos Centeno, Jose Miguel Carrasco, Kathrin Woitha and Eduardo Garralda: Policies on palliative care for older people in Europe9. Katherine Ornstein and Diane Meier: Policies on palliative care for older people in North America10. Liliana De Lima, Lilian Hidalgo, Rocio Morante and Jose Parodi: Policies on palliative care for older people in Latin America and the CaribbeanPART III Socio-cultural and clinical context of dying in old age11. Joachim Cohen and Merryn Gott: Dying in place in old age: public health challenges12. Symptoms and trajectories experienced by older people approaching and at the end of life: Implications to care: Symptoms and trajectories experienced by older people approaching and at the end of life: Implications to care13. Agnes van der Heide and Kenneth Chambaere: End-of-life decisions for older patients who are approaching death14. Jennifer Shaw and Margaret Battin: Ethical issues in palliative care for older people15. Marjolein Gysels: Cultural issues in palliative care for older people16. Marie-Jose Gijsberts: Spirituality and spiritual palliative care in older peoplePART IV Use and access of palliative care for older people17. Thomas Carroll and Timothy Quill: Use of generalist and specialist palliative care for older people18. Allan Kellehear: Compassionate communities: Caring for older people towards the end of life19. Ladislav Volicer, Noorhazlina Binte Ali and Joyce Simard: Palliative care for older people with dementia20. Hazel Morbey and Sheila Payne: Ladislav Volicer, Noorhazlina Binte Ali and Joyce Simard21. Ruth Piers, Nele Van Den Noortgate and Andre Vyt: Collaboration between professionals as a necessary condition for palliative care22. Kristian Pollock and Jane Seymour: Communication and advanced care planning (ACP) in older peoplePART V Innovations in palliative care for older people23. Anne-Sophie Parent: EU civil society initiatives to protect the right to live and die in dignity24. Clare Gardiner, Tony Ryan, Merryn Gott and Christine Ingleton: Care pathways for older people in need of palliative care25. A program for advance care planning for older people: Respecting Patient Choices: A program for advance care planning for older people: Respecting Patient ChoicesPART V Conclusion: What does a public health approach to improving palliative care in older people look like?26. Sandra Martins Pereira, Gwenda Albers, Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Luc Deliens, Roeline Pasman, Lieve Van den Block: A public health approach to improving palliative care for older peopleIndex