Nuffield Council seeks views on ethics of caring for people with dementia

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1094
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Patients, carers, and families affected by dementia and health professionals are being asked to contribute to a consultation on the ethical dilemmas of managing the disease.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, a UK independent body that examines ethical issues raised by new developments in biology and medicine, has launched the consultation this week to gather the views and experiences of people who face the challenges of dementia. Its aim is to develop recommendations to support people in the decisions they make every day.

“Issues about access to medication have recently hit the headlines, but there are other important questions that urgently need to be addressed to help people …

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