Management of end-stage dementia





Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, 4565 Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC, Canada H3W 1W5; Department of Medicine, University of Montreal, C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville, Montreal, QC, Canada H3C 3J7; Division of Geriatric Medicine, McGill University, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, QC, Canada H3G 1A4; Alan-Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, McGill University, Suite 3100, Genome Building, 740 Doctor Penfield Avenue, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1A4.

Management of end-stage dementia
Prim Care. 2011 Jun;38(2):247-64.


Dementia is a progressive and noncurable illness, and its management in late stages should follow a palliative care approach. However, many patients with advanced dementia sustain aggressive interventions that do not improve their survival and might hinder their comfort and quality of life. This is likely explained by a lack of research on this population; a lack of knowledge from health care providers, patients, and family members; and lack of communication between those caring for these patients. There is therefore an urgent need for research and education on this topic, as well as palliative care services devoted to this population.

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