The illness experience of older adults near the end of life: a systematic review.

@article{Gruenewald2006TheIE,
  title={The illness experience of older adults near the end of life: a systematic review.},
  author={David A Gruenewald and Elizabeth J. White},
  journal={Anesthesiology clinics},
  year={2006},
  volume={24 1},
  pages={163-80, ix}
}
A systematic literature review identified qualitative studies of issues important to older people near the end of their lives, to develop a model of the illness experience near the end of life based on the views of older people. Six elements were identified from 40 studies that comprise a core domain of the experience of illness while dying: burden, suffering, hope, dignity, decision making, and control and autonomy. These elements were interwoven with three main themes: contextual factors… CONTINUE READING