Prediction of appropriate timing of palliative care for older adults with non-malignant life-threatening disease: a systematic review.

@article{Coventry2005PredictionOA,
  title={Prediction of appropriate timing of palliative care for older adults with non-malignant life-threatening disease: a systematic review.},
  author={Peter A Coventry and Gunn Grande and David A Richards and Chris J. Todd},
  journal={Age and ageing},
  year={2005},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={218-27}
}
BACKGROUND most people in contemporary western society die of the chronic diseases of old age. Whilst palliative care is appropriate for elderly patients with chronic, non-malignant disease, few of these patients access such care compared with cancer patients. Objective referral criteria based on accurate estimation of survival may facilitate more timely referral of non-cancer patients most appropriate for specialist palliative care. OBJECTIVE to identify tools and predictor variables that… CONTINUE READING

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