6 November 2009

Infections, eating problems signal the end in advanced dementia

Understanding clinical course of disease leads to better end-of-life care
Hebrew SeniorLife: 14 October 2009
The clinical course of advanced dementia, including uncomfortable symptoms such as pain and high mortality, is similar to that experienced by patients of other terminal conditions, according to scientists at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

The study, published in the Oct. 15 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, is the first to rigorously describe the clinical course of advanced dementia, a leading cause of death in the United States. Previous studies suggest that patients with advanced dementia are under-recognized as being at high risk of death and receive suboptimal palliative care, which aims to improve the comfort of terminally ill patients. … > full press release : review by MedPage Today

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