- Correspondence to Dr Laurie H Mallery, Head, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Dalhousie University, QEII Health Sciences Centre, 5955 Veterans' Memorial Lane, Ste. 2650, Halifax, NS B3H 2E1, Canada;
Contributors The PATH (Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization) programme and its foundation principles are a joint effort of both authors.
- Received 8 September 2010
- Revised 15 October 2010
- Accepted 31 October 2010
- Published Online First 21 November 2010
While the medical treatment of older individuals often results in desirable outcomes, indiscriminate use of aggressive treatment at the end-of-life can cause paradoxical harm and suffering. Comprehensive assessment and communication can help foster decisions that consider the effect of frailty on health outcomes.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.