Research priorities in geriatric palliative care: policy initiatives

J Palliat Med. 2013 Dec;16(12):1503-8. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2013.9464. Epub 2013 Oct 22.


Coordinated palliative care matched to patient needs improves quality of care for vulnerable patients with serious illness and reduces costly use of hospitals and emergency departments. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect in translating geriatric palliative care models and principles into policy and widespread practice. Gaps in policy-relevant research are addressed, including implementation strategies to scale up existing care models, the role of palliative care and geriatrics in health care payment reform efforts, development of quality measures for complex patients, strategies to address workforce shortages, and an approach to hospice reform.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Geriatric Nursing*
  • Health Policy*
  • Hospices
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Translational Research, Biomedical*