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Palliative care for community patients diagnosed with dementia: a systematic review

Smith, Cathryn and Newbury, Gina 2019. Palliative care for community patients diagnosed with dementia: a systematic review. British Journal of Community Nursing 24 (12) , pp. 570-275. 10.12968/bjcn.2019.24.12.570

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Despite many efforts made by health organisations to deliver effective end-of-life care to patients with dementia, research indicates that palliative care is predominantly aimed at patients with terminal cancer, and that patients with dementia face challenges in accessing end-of-life care. This article explores the views of health professionals on providing palliative care to those patients diagnosed with dementia within the community setting. A systematic review of seven qualitative studies was performed to identify the best available evidence. The findings show that effective palliative care for patients with dementia continues being affected by many barriers and challenges. Good practice seems to be inconsistent and fragmented throughout the UK and European countries, and many health professionals are faced with difficulties associated with services and financial implications, training and education, staff support, communication, family support and dementia care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 1462-4753
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2022 06:40

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