Palliative Care and Geriatric Surgery

Jessica H. Ballou, Karen J. Brasel

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Although many seniors cite maintaining independence and a desire to die at home as health priorities, admission to the ICU and the use of invasive procedures are common near the end of life. Palliative care aims to relieve pain and other symptoms to maintain the highest quality of life for the longest period of time, but surgical patients are less likely to be referred to palliative care than patients with chronic medical conditions. Meeting the palliative care needs of elderly surgical patients requires early recognition, advance care planning, and multidisciplinary interventions that align patient goals with possible outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Advance directives
  • Geriatric surgery
  • Goals of care
  • Palliative care
  • Palliative surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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