03 November 2010

Study Casts Doubt on Hospice Admission Criteria for Patients With Dementia

Desire for comfort care should guide the decision, say experts

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Such end-of-life predictions are difficult to make with certainty in dementia cases. Instead of using life expectancy as the requirement for admission, hospice care for dementia patients should be offered based on the patient's and family's desire for comfort care, suggest Mitchell and colleagues in the study published in the Nov. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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