The clinical course of advanced dementia Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Dementia
  • Terminal Care

abstract

  • Pneumonia, febrile episodes, and eating problems are frequent complications in patients with advanced dementia, and these complications are associated with high 6-month mortality rates. Distressing symptoms and burdensome interventions are also common among such patients. Patients with health care proxies who have an understanding of the prognosis and clinical course are likely to receive less aggressive care near the end of life.

publication date

  • October 15, 2009

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2778850

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1056/NEJMoa0902234

PubMed ID

  • 19828530

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1529

end page

  • 38

volume

  • 361

number

  • 16