Review Collection: Older people

88 reviews


Bridges J, Lucas G, Wiseman T, Griffiths P. Workforce characteristics and interventions associated with high-quality care and support to older people with cancer: A systematic review. BMJ Open. 2017 Jul 31;7(7):e016127. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016127.

Cardona-Morrell M, Benfatti-Olivato G, Jansen J, Turner RM, Fajardo-Pulido D, Hillman K. A systematic review of effectiveness of decision aids to assist older patients at the end of life. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Mar;100(3):425-435. Epub 2016 Oct 11.

Ke LS, Huang X, Hu WY, O'Connor M, Lee S. Experiences and perspectives of older people regarding advance care planning: A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Palliat Med. 2017 May;31(5):394-405. Epub 2016 Aug 11.

Larkin M, Milne A. What do we know about older former carers? Key issues and themes. Health Soc Care Community. 2017 Jul;25(4):1396-1403. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12437. Epub 2017 Feb 22.

Mignani V, Ingravallo F, Mariani E, Chattat R. Perspectives of older people living in long-term care facilities and of their family members toward advance care planning discussions: a systematic review and thematic synthesis. Clin Interv Aging. 2017 Mar 3;12:475-484. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S128937. eCollection 2017.

Narayan SW, Nishtala PS. Discontinuation of Preventive Medicines in Older People with Limited Life Expectancy: A Systematic Review. Drugs Aging. 2017 Aug 29. doi: 10.1007/s40266-017-0487-1. [Epub ahead of print]

Threapleton DE, Chung RY, Wong SYS, Wong ELY, Kiang N, Chau PYK, et al. Care toward the end of life in older populations and its implementation facilitators and barriers: A scoping review. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 Jun 13. pii: S1525-8610(17)30225-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2017.04.010. [Epub ahead of print].

Wongrakpanich S, Susantitaphong P, Isaranuwatchai S, Chenbhanich J, Eiam-Ong S, Jaber BL. Dialysis Therapy and Conservative Management of Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease in the Elderly: A Systematic Review. Nephron. 2017 May 25. doi: 10.1159/000477361. [Epub ahead of print]


Balogun SA, Balogun R, Philbrick J, Abdel-Rahman E. Quality of Life, Perceptions, and Health Satisfaction of Older Adults with End-Stage Renal Disease: A Systematic Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Apr;65(4):777-785. Epub 2016 Dec 19.

Luijendijk HJ, de Bruin NC, Hulshof TA, Koolman X. Terminal illness and the increased mortality risk of conventional antipsychotics in observational studies: a systematic review. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2016 Feb;25(2):113-22. Epub 2015 Nov 25.

McParland J, Camic PM. Psychosocial factors and ageing in older lesbian, gay and bisexual people: a systematic review of the literature. J Clin Nurs. 2016 Dec;25(23-24):3415-3437. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13251. Epub 2016 May 11.

Morgan T, Ann Williams L, Trussardi G, Gott M. Gender and family caregiving at the end-of-life in the context of old age: A systematic review. Palliat Med. 2016 Epub 2016 Jan 26.

Vega-Alava KM, Luz VA. A comparison between dialysis versus conservative managment as modes of treatment in the management of elderly patients with end stage renal disease: A systematic review. Phil. J Int Med. 2016 Oct-Nov;54(4):1-6. [No abstract available]

Weathers E, O'Caoimh R, Cornally N, Fitzgerald C, Kearns T, Coffey A, Daly E, O'Sullivan R, McGlade C, Molloy DW. Advance care planning: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials conducted with older adults. Maturitas. 2016 Sep;91:101-9. Epub 2016 Jun 23.


Bozzo M. The barriers and enablers related to the early recognition of delirium in older palliative care patients--An integrative literature review. Aust Nurs Midwifery J. 2015 Sep;23(3):28-31.

Dwyer R, Stoelwinder J, Gabbe B, Lowthian J. Unplanned transfer to emergency departments for frail elderly residents of aged care facilities: A review of patient and organizational factors. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Jul 1;16(7):551-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2015.03.007. Epub 2015 Apr 28.

Ke LS, Huang X, O'Connor M, Lee S. Nurses' views regarding implementing advance care planning for older people: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative studies. J Clin Nurs. 2015 Aug;24(15-16):2057-73.


Bulloch MN, Olin JL. Instruments for evaluating medication use and prescribing in older adults. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2014 Sep-Oct;54(5):530-7.

de Decker L, Annweiler C, Launay C, Fantino B, Beauchet O. Do not resuscitate orders and aging: impact of multimorbidity on the decision-making process. J Nutr Health Aging. 2014 Mar;18(3):330-5.

Drageset J, Corbett A, Selbaek G, Husebo BS. Cancer-related pain and symptoms among nursing home residents: a systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Oct;48(4):699-710.e1. Epub 2014 Apr 3.

Hermans K, De Almeida Mello J, Spruytte N, Cohen J, Van Audenhove C, Declercq A. A comparative analysis of comprehensive geriatric assessments for nursing home residents receiving palliative care: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 Jul;15(7):467-76. Epub 2014 Feb 22.

Van Lancker A, Velghe A, Van Hecke A, Verbrugghe M, Van Den Noortgate N, Grypdonck M, Verhaeghe S, Bekkering G, Beeckman D. Prevalence of symptoms in older cancer patients receiving palliative care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Jan;47(1):90-104. Epub 2013 Jun 10.


Abdulla A, Adams N, Bone M, Elliott AM, Gaffin J, Jones D, Knaggs R, Martin D, Sampson L, Schofield P. Guidance on the management of pain in older people. Age, Ageing. 2013 Mar;42 Suppl 1:i1-57.

Sharp T, Moran E, Kuhn I, Barclay S Do the elderly have a voice? Advance care planning discussions with frail and older individuals: a systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. Br J Gen Pract. 2013 Oct;63(615):e657-68.

Thomas JM, Cooney LM Jr, Fried TR. Systematic review: Health-related characteristics of elderly hospitalized adults and nursing home residents associated with short-term mortality. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jun;61(6):902-11. Epub 2013 May 20.

Tjia J, Velten SJ, Parsons C, Valluri S, Briesacher BA.  Studies to reduce unnecessary medication use in frail older adults: a systematic review. Drugs Aging. 2013 May;30(5):285-307.


Albers G, Harding R, Pasman HR, Onwuteaka-Philipsen BD, Hall S, Toscani F, Ribbe MW, Deliens L; PRISMA.What is the methodological rigour of palliative care research in long-term care facilities in Europe? A systematic review.Palliat Med. 2012 Jul;26(5):722-33. Epub 2011 Jun 22.

Brereton L, Gardiner C, Gott M, Ingleton C, Barnes S, Carroll C. The hospital environment for end of life care of older adults and their families: an integrative review.J Adv Nurs. 2012 May;68(5):981-93.

Povova J, Ambroz P, Bar M, Pavukova V, Sery O, Tomaskova H, Janout V. Epidemiological of and risk factors for Alzheimer's disease: a review. Biomed Pap Med Fac Univ Palacky Olomouc Czech Repub. 2012 Jun;156(2):108-14.

Puts MT, Papoutsis A, Springall E, Tourangeau AE. A systematic review of unmet needs of newly diagnosed older cancer patients undergoing active cancer treatment.Support Care Cancer. 2012 Jul;20(7):1377-94. Epub 2012 Apr 4.


Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Guidelines for a Palliative Approach for Aged Care in the Community Setting — Best practice guidelines for the Australian context. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing; 2011. (2.06MB pdf)

Dalacorte RR, Rigo JC, Dalacorte A. Pain management in the elderly at the end of life. N Am J Med Sci. 2011 Aug;3(8):348-54

Flaherty JH, Gonzales JP, Dong B. Antipsychotics in the treatment of delirium in older hospitalized adults: a systematic review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Nov;59 Suppl 2:S269-76.

Hall S, Kolliakou A, Petkova H, Froggatt K, Higginson IJ. Interventions for improving palliative care for older people living in nursing care homes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Mar 16;3:CD007132.

Hodge DR, Horvath VE. Spiritual needs in health care settings: a qualitative meta-synthesis of clients' perspectives. Soc Work. 2011 Oct;56(4):306-16.

Lee SM, Coakley EE. Geropalliative care: a concept synthesis. J Hosp & Pall Nurs. 2011 Jul-Aug;13(4):242-8.

Lloyd L, White K, Sutton E. Researching the end-of-life in old age: cultural, ethical and methodological issues. Ageing Soc. 2011 Apr;31(3):386-407.

Minton O, Stone PC. Cancer-related fatigue: mechanisms, assessment and treatment in older people. Rev clin Geront. 2011; 21:256-66.

Ni Thuathail A, Welford C. Pain assessment tools for older people with cognitive impairment. Nurs Stand.2011 Oct 12-18;26(6):39-46.

Peron EP, Gray SL, Hanlon JT. Medication use and functional status decline in older adults: a narrative review. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2011 Dec;9(6):378-91.

Strohschein FJ, Bergman H, Carnevale FA, Loiselle CG. Patient decision making among older individuals with cancer. Qual Health Res. 2011 Jul;21(7):900-26. Epub 2011 Feb 22.


Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health. Guideline on the assessment and treatment of Delirium in older adults at the end of life. Toronto: Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health; 2010. (3.28MB pdf)

Curiale V. World-wide literature survey on geriatric palliative medicine. Eur Geriatr Med. 2010 In Press.

Goodman C, Evans C, Wilcock J, Froggatt K, Drennan V, Sampson E, Blanchard M, Bissett M, Iliffe S. End of life care for community dwelling older people with dementia: an integrated review. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 Apr;25(4):329-37.

Harris M, Richards KC. The physiological and psychological effects of slow-stroke back massage and hand massage on relaxation in older people. J Clin Nurs. 2010 Apr;19(7-8):917-26.

LaMantia MA, Scheunemann LP, Viera AJ, Busby-Whitehead J, Hanson LC. Interventions to improve transitional care between nursing homes and hospitals: a systematic review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Apr;58(4):777-82.

Rigby J, Payne S, Froggatt K. What evidence is there about the specific environmental needs of older people who are near the end of life and are cared for in hospices or similar institutions? A literature review. Palliat Med. 2010 Apr;24(3):268-85. Epub 2009 Nov 19.


Cheng JW, Nayar M. A review of heart failure management in the elderly population. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2009 Oct;7(5):233-49.

Cole MG, Ciampi A, Belzile E, Zhong L. Persistent delirium in older hospital patients: a systematic review of frequency and prognosis. Age Ageing. 2009 Jan;38(1):19-26. Epub 2008 Nov 18.

Gorecki C, Brown JM, Nelson EA, Briggs M, Schoonhoven L, Dealey C, Defloor T, Nixon J; European Quality of Life Pressure Ulcer Project group. Impact of pressure ulcers on quality of life in older patients: a systematic review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jul;57(7):1175-83. Epub 2009 May 21.

Hardy SE. Methylphenidate for the treatment of depressive symptoms, including fatigue and apathy, in medically ill older adults and terminally ill adults. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2009 Feb;7(1):34-59.

Hughes N, Closs SJ, Clark D. Experiencing cancer in old age: a qualitative systematic review. Qual Health Res. 2009 Aug;19(8):1139-53.

Lee M, Chodosh J Dementia and life expectancy: what do we know? J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2009 Sep;10(7):466-71. Epub 2009 Jun 27.

Rees J, King L, Schmitz K. Nurses' perceptions of ethical issues in the care of older people. Nurs Ethics. 2009 Jul;16(4):436-52.

Stinson CK. Structured group reminiscence: an intervention for older adults. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2009 Nov;40(11):521-8.


Bolmsjo IA. End-of-life care for old people: a review of the literature. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2008 Aug-Sep;25(4):328-38. Epub 2008 May 7.

Bravo G, Dubois MF, Wagneur B. Assessing the effectiveness of interventions to promote advance directives among older adults: a systematic review and multi-level analysis. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Oct;67(7):1122-32.

Gallagher A, Li S, Wainwright P, Jones IR, Lee D. Dignity in the care of older people - a review of the theoretical and empirical literature. BMC Nurs. 2008 Jul 11;7:11.

Ozbolt LB, Paniagua MA, Kaiser RM. Atypical antipsychotics for the treatment of delirious elders. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2008 Jan;9(1):18-28.

Sessanna L, Jezewski M. Advance directive decision making among independent community-dwelling older adults a systematic review of health science literature. J Appl Gerontol. 2008 Aug;27(4):486-510.

Turner-Stokes L, Sykes N, Silber E; Guideline Development Group. Long-term neurological conditions: management at the interface between neurology, rehabilitation and palliative care. Clin Med. 2008 Apr;8(2):186-91.

Waldrop DP. Treatment at the end of life. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2008;50 Suppl 1:267-92.


Etzioni S, Chodosh J, Ferrell BA, MacLean CH. Quality indicators for pain management in vulnerable elders. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Oct;55 Suppl 2:S403-8. No abstract available.

Gagliese L, Gauthier LR, Rodin G. Cancer pain and depression: a systematic review of age-related patterns. Pain Res Manag. 2007 Autumn;12(3):205-11.

Halvorsrud L, Kalfoss M. The conceptualization and measurement of quality of life in older adults: a review of empirical studies published during 1994-2006. Eur J Ageing. 2007 Dec;4(4):229-46.

Lorenz KA, Rosenfeld K, Wenger N. Quality indicators for palliative and end-of-life care in vulnerable elders. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Oct;55 suppl 2:S318-26.

Mason A, Weatherly H, Spilsbury K, Arksey H, Golder S, Adamson J, Drummond M, Glendinning C. A systematic review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different models of community based respite care for frail older people and their carers. Health Technol Assess. 2007 Apr;11(15):1-157.

Nakajima GA, Wenger NS. Quality indicators for the care of depression in vulnerable elders. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Oct;55 Suppl 2:S302-11.


Bial AK, Schilsky RL, Sachs GA. Evaluation of cognition in cancer patients: special focus on the elderly. Crit Rev Oncol Hemotol. 2006 Dec;60(3):242-255. Epub 2006 Jul 24.

Burt J, Raine R. The effect of age on referral to and use of specialist palliative care services in adult cancer patients: a systematic review. Age Ageing. 2006 Sep;35(5):469-76. Epub 2006 Jun 3.

Frogatt FA, Wilson D, Justice C, MacAdam M, Leibovici K, Kinch J, Thomas R, Choi J. End-of-life care in long-term settings for older people: a literature review. Int J Older People Nurs. 2006 Mar;1(1):45-50.

Golfinopoulos V, Pentheroudakis G, Pavlidis N. Treatment of colorectal cancer in the elderly: a review of the literature. Cancer Treat Rev. 2006 Feb;32(1):1-8. Epub 2005 Dec 5.

Gruenewald DA, White EJ. The illness experience of older adults near the end of life: a systematic review. Anesthesiol Clin. 2006 Mar;24(1):163-80.

Jayawardena KM, Liao S. Elder abuse at end of life. J Palliat Med. 2006 Feb;9(1):127-36.

Pinquart M, Sörensen S. Gender differences in caregiver stressors, social resources, and health: an updated meta-analysis. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Jan;61(1):P33-45.

Zwakhalen SM, Hamers JP, Abu-Saad HH, Berger MP. Pain in elderly people with severe dementia: a systematic review of behavioural pain assessment tools. BMC Geriatr. 2006 Jan 27;6:3.


Coventry PA, Grande GE, Richards DA, Todd CJ. Prediction of appropriate timing of palliative care for older adults with non-malignant life-threatening disease: a systematic review. Age Ageing. 2005 May;34(3):218-27.

Fonzo-Christe C, Vukasovic C, Wasilewski-Rasca AF, Bonnabry P. Subcutaneous administration of drugs in the elderly: survey of practice and systematic literature review. Palliat Med. 2005 Apr;19(3):208-19.

Hsu CY, Lee S, O'Connor M. Issues affecting access to palliative care services for older Chinese people in Australia. J Community Nurses. 2005 Dec;10(3):9-11.


Rank C, Whiting N. Get the code status: Teaching housestaff about end-of-life communication with older patients. Geriatr Today. 2004 Feb-Mar;7(1):6-9. No abstract available.

Kadushin G. Home health care utilization: a review of the research for social work. Health Soc Work. 2004 Aug;29(3):219-244.

Oliver D, Porock D, Zweig S. End-of-life care in U.S. nursing homes: a review of the evidence. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2004 May-Jun;5(3):147-55.


Pinquart M, Sörensen S. Associations of stressors and uplifts of caregiving with caregiver burden and depressive mood: a meta-analysis. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2003 Mar;58(2):P112-28.


Van Ness PH, Larson DB. Religion, senescence, and mental health: the end of life is not the end of hope. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2002 Jul-Aug;10(4):386-97.

Yin T, Zhou Q, Bashford C. Burden on family members: caring for frail elderly: a meta-analysis of interventions. Nurs Res. 2002 May-Jun;51(3):199-208.


Wenger NS, Rosenfeld K. Quality indicators for end-of-life care in vulnerable elders. Ann Intern Med. 2001 Oct 16;135(8 part 2):677-85.


Miller EA, Weissert WG. Predicting elderly people's risk for nursing home placement, hospitalization, functional impairment, and mortality: a synthesis. Med Care Res Rev. 2000 Sep;57(3):259-97.


Fortner BV, Neimeyer RA. Death anxiety in older adults: a quantitative review. Death Stud. 1999 Jul-Aug;23(5):387-411.

Last updated 10 October 2017