Better palliative care for older people by edited by Elizabeth Davies and Irene J Higginson.

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It is unlikely that these experiences differ widely by disease or across countries. This strongly suggests that it is time to make a more active and concerted effort to improve palliative care, concentrating on the implementation of simple effective measures based on the complexity and seriousness of the illness and on the needs of patient and family. References 1. Davies E. What are the appropriate services and support to address the palliative care needs of older people? Report to the Health Evidence Network.

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