Purpose: This article targets the current use of palliative care. Specifically, it discusses how palliative care is introduced to patients, the timing of consultation, and implementation to provide an enhanced quality of life.
Method: This systematic review utilized the search engine PubMed with the keywords older adult, palliative care, and quality of life. The search yielded 250 results. Articles that only focused on cancer were declined. Articles were weaned out by age of the article. Additionally, articles solely focused on hospice and advanced care planning were excluded narrowing the results to eleven articles pertaining directly to the outcome being investigated.
Results: There is a positive correlation between the quality of life and palliative care if implemented promptly among those with a terminal illness. Challenges identified include misconceptions, delayed initiation of care, and lack of medical support.
Conclusion: Understanding and early education of palliative care to patients, family members, caregivers, and medical clinicians positively impact those managing a terminal illness.
Keywords: Terminal illness, palliative care, quality of life
Macarol S. The Gap Between Life and Death: A Focus on Palliative Care. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2023; 5(1).
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