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Table 1 Definition of geriatric palliative care and its relevant elements

From: Geriatric palliative care: a view of its concept, challenges and strategies

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine is a specialty of medicine concerned with physical, mental, functional and social conditions in acute, chronic, rehabilitative, preventive, and end-of-life care in older patients. (European Union of Medical Specialists 2008 [43])

Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. (World Health Organization 2004 [1])

Ethics of Care

The ethics of care builds relations of care that highlight the deeper reality of human interdependency and the need for caring to surround liberal autonomy. It provides a way of reflection in order to develop morally acceptable human relations and societies. (Adapted from “The Ethics of Care”, Oxford 2006 [44])

Geriatric Palliative Care

Geriatric Palliative Care integrates the complementary specialties of geriatrics and palliative care to provide comprehensive care for older patients entering the later stage of their lives, and their families. (adapted from “Geriatric Palliative Care”, Oxford 2014 [20])