Palliative care

Christine S. Ritchie*, Martha L. Twaddle

*Corresponding author for this work

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Home-based palliative care is emerging as an important component of home-based medical care. Because a majority of homebound adults have serious illness and high symptom burden, every home-based medical provider should be well-versed in basic palliative care skills. This chapter describes communication strategies to clarify patient’s goals of care, rationale and approaches to prognostication, and management of common symptoms experienced in the home (depression, pain, anorexia, and dyspnea). In addition, it covers the basic principles and framework of hospice care and tools to support advance care planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeriatric Home-Based Medical Care
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319233659
ISBN (Print)9783319233642
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Depression
  • Dyspnea
  • Goals of care
  • Hospice
  • Pain
  • Palliative care
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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    Ritchie, C. S., & Twaddle, M. L. (2015). Palliative care. In Geriatric Home-Based Medical Care: Principles and Practice (pp. 251-267). Springer International Publishing.