End-of-life care for persons age 80 years or older

Sarah J. Goodlin, Elliott Fisher, Julie A. Patterson, John H. Wasson

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At age 80, about 4 of every ten 10 men and 3 of every 10 women will die within 5 years. What should the very old expect of the dying experience? National data reveal that very old adults experience considerable variation in the use of the hospital during their last 6 months of life. Physicians report these patients most often need assistance with self-care, emotional support, nutrition, and pain control. In order to minimize unnecessary and expensive hospitalization and improve home management, specific terminal care guidelines are proposed and illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • 80 years
  • Community physicians
  • Dying
  • Elderly
  • Process of care
  • Variations in care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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