Needs of elderly patients in palliative care
Journal article, 2008

The aim of this pilot-study was to test if a semi-structured assessment schedule could increase the understanding of the palliative patients’ individual needs, ranking of those, trends and correlations. Methods: A pilot survey was conducted with patients admitted for palliative care at a Swedish geriatric department. Thirty consecutively chosen respondents (15 males and 15 women, mean age 79 years) had a primary diagnosis of different types of cancer. The survey addressed demographic data, well-being, and naming and ranking of individual needs in repeated semi-structured interviews by a nurse during the time of stay at the unit. Results: Fear for physical pain and the actions to avoid physical pain were ranked as the primary need for 50% of the patients. First after the physical needs were taken care of, other needs appeared to dominate in the psychological, social and spiritual domains for many of the patients.

palliative care




Helle Wijk

University of Gothenburg

Agneta Grimby

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

1049-9091 (ISSN)

Vol. 25 2 106-111

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