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Nurs Older People. 2008 Mar;20(2):29-34.

End-of-life care for patients with dementia.

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  • 1St Gemma's Hospice, Harrogate, Leeds.


Studies have shown that people with dementia receive sub-optimal end-of-life care (McCarthy et al, 1997; Morrison and Siu 2000; Mitchell et al, 2004). The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) have highlighted the importance of palliative care for people with dementia (NICE 2006; NCPC 2007). This article explores the palliative care needs of older people with dementia and considers how they may be addressed.

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