Chapter 46. Palliative Care in the Elderly

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine2,
  2. Paul Jansen3 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni4
  1. Alexander de Graeff and
  2. Saskia Teunissen

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch46

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

de Graeff, A. and Teunissen, S. (2009) Palliative Care in the Elderly, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch46

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Oncology, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • palliative care in elderly;
  • anorexia and weight loss;
  • treatment of common symptoms in elderly patients;
  • nausea and vomiting - severe impact on quality of life;
  • constipation - issue in elderly palliative care patients;
  • dyspnoea - sensation of unpleasant breathing;
  • dyspnoea leading to severe agitation and anxiety


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Symptoms

  • Palliative care in the elderly

  • Treatment of common symptoms in elderly patients

  • References