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Letters Palliative care in dementia

Palliative care in dementia: referring to “end of life” is unnecessary

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 07 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1262
  1. Louisa Polak, visiting researcher, retired GP, and carer to elderly relative
  1. Palliative and End-of-Life Research Team, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB1 8RN, UK
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Nobody could disagree with Yorganci and Sleeman that many people with dementia would benefit from holistic, person centred, community based care aimed at palliating distress and discomfort, and continuity is key to providing this.1 But for two reasons, we should shift “the end of life” from the prominent place these …

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