Palliative Care for Patients with Severe Dementia: A Consensus-Based Approach to Decision Making
This chapter discusses a consensus-based approach to decision making in palliative care for patients with severe dementia. It relates the author's experience in caring for a 73-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease. The chapter explains the core principles with which to plan palliative care and outlines the steps in providing palliative care for patients who lack decision-making capacity. It suggests that a physician's investment of time in dialogue and consensus building with the patient may minimize the time and effort needed for future decisions.
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