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Palliative care in dementia: Issues and evidence

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Julian Hughes


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Palliative care is an approach that stands well with the aims of person-centred dementia care. There is no doubt that the standards of care for many people with advanced dementia are poor. There is a lack of good-quality evidence, however, to support any particular approach for palliative care in dementia. Still, there are a number of areas in relation to caring for people with severe dementia where a palliative approach might be beneficial. In general, the relevant decisions have to be made on an individual basis but within a palliative framework. Advance care planning is likely to be crucial in encouraging this process. There is certainly a moral imperative behind the idea that care at the end of life for people with dementia should be improved.

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Author(s): Hughes JC, Jolley D, Jordan A, Sampson EL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Advances in Psychiatric Treatment

Year: 2007

Volume: 13

Issue: 4

Pages: 251-260

ISSN (print): 1355-5146

ISSN (electronic): 1472-1481

Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists


DOI: 10.1192/apt.bp.106.003442


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