The unmet palliative care needs of those dying with dementia

Dempsey, Laura
Dowling, Maura
Larkin, Philip
Murphy, Kathy
Dempsey L, Dowling M, Larkin P, Murphy K (2015) 'The unmet palliative care needs of those dying with dementia'. International journal of palliative nursing, 21 (3):24-31.
An estimated 33.9 million people are living with dementia worldwide. The overall estimated median survival time from onset of dementia to death is 4.1 years for men and 4.6 years for women, with longer survival times in those with early-onset dementia. Much has been discussed about the needs of this vulnerable group of people particularly in terms of their health-care and end-of-life care (EoLC) needs. However, the literature suggests that people with end-stage dementia are still not receiving adequate or appropriate EoLC. Difficulty diagnosing dementia, a stigma surrounding the disease, lack of education of the dementia disease process and the ability to identify complications encountered at end-stage dementia by health-care providers, families and carers are some of the factors preventing those with dementia receiving effective EoLC. Great strides have been made to improve dementia palliative care; however, this cohort of patients still receive fewer referrals to appropriate palliative care services than other terminally ill patients.
Mark Allen Healthcare
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