Palliative and End of Life Care for Dementia Patients in the Emergency Department
In the United Kingdom (UK), 160,000 people with dementia die every year , and 40% of these will die in hospital . Given the increase in prevalence of dementia in the UK, it is clear that patients with dementia who have palliative care needs will be seen with increasing frequency in emergency departments. Caring for this group at the end of life can be complex and is often poorly managed (see Death and Dying: Barriers to Care (2014), ‘The death and dying phase of dementia remains the forgotten aspect of what has been referred to as a silent epidemic’) .
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