Identifying Goals of Care

Amber Comer, Lyle Fettig, Alexia M. Torke

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Goals of care conversations are important but complex for clinicians caring for older adults. Although clinicians tend to focus on specific medical interventions, these conversations are more successful if they begin with gaining a shared understanding of the medical conditions and possible outcomes, followed by discussion of values and goals. Although training in the medical setting is incomplete, there are many published and online resources that can help clinicians gain these valuable skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)767-775
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Ethics
  • Geriatrics
  • Goals of care
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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