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Wilson, K. C. M.

Compassion in healthcare - lessons from a qualitative study of the end of life care of people with dementia

Objectives: A lack of compassion in UK healthcare settings has received much recent attention. This study explores the experiences of people with dementia in the last year of life and time surrounding death and how the presence and lack of compassion, kindness and humanity influenced the experience of care.

Design: Qualitative in-depth interviews with bereaved informal carers of people with dementia.

Setting: United Kingdom.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Palliative care for dementia-time to think again?

It is estimated that there are 35.6 million people with dementia worldwide and this is projected to increase to over 115 million by the year 2050. Dementia is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that significantly reduces survival. End-of-life care received by this group is often poor and does not equate to that offered in other life limiting illnesses. This review highlights results from a large UK study of informal carers of people with dementia to explore what are determinants of care for people with dementia and their family carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09