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Palliative care
Limited knowledge about what matters to older people with multimorbidity hinders appropriate palliative care provision
  1. Therese Johansson1,2
  1. 1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2 Stockholm Gerontology Research Center, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Therese Johansson, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden; therese.johansson{at}

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Commentary on: Nicholson CJ, Combes S, Mold F, King H, Green R. Addressing inequity in palliative care provision for older people living with multimorbidity. Perspectives of community-dwelling older people on their palliative care needs: A scoping review. Palliat Med. 2022 Aug 24:2692163221118230. doi: 10.1177/02692163221118230. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare professionals should proactively invite older people with multimorbidity to communicate their needs to personalise planning and provision of palliative care.

  • Future research should include older people with multimorbidity in developing and validating multidimensional tools to better capture the breadth of their palliative care needs.


Even though older people (aged 65 and over) living with multimorbidity (two or more simultaneous medical conditions) are estimated to become primary receivers of palliative care,1 there is little known about their perceived care needs. Consequently, there is limited evidence to inform development …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.