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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 
2016

Palliative Care Interventions in Advanced Dementia

Description of Resource: 
Palliative care (or end-of-life care) aims to reduce pain and to maintain the best possible quality of life as death approaches. Palliative care is used a lot for people with cancer but is not used much for people with advanced dementia. This Cochrane review aimed to assess the effect of palliative care interventions in advanced dementia and to report on the range of outcome measures used. This systematic review identified 2 relevant studies. One study found that having a small team of doctors and nurses trained in palliative care meant that more people had a palliative care plan when they were discharged after a hospital stay. The other study found that giving written information to relatives that explained how to feed people with advanced dementia made it a little easier for the relatives to make decisions about how to feed the person with dementia.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Dementias, Including Alzheimer's Disease
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
Murphy E, Froggatt K, Connolly S, O'Shea E, Sampson EL, Casey D, Devane D. Palliative care interventions in advanced dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD011513. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011513.pub2. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD011513.pub2/abstract