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Caring for Patients at the End of LifeFacing an Uncertain Future Together$
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Timothy Quill

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.001.0001

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Palliative Care for Patients with Severe Dementia: A Consensus-Based Approach to Decision Making  

Palliative Care for Patients with Severe Dementia: A Consensus-Based Approach to Decision Making  

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(p.119) 8 Palliative Care for Patients with Severe Dementia: A Consensus-Based Approach to Decision Making 
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Caring for Patients at the End of Life
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Timothy E. Quill (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0009

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.

Keywords:   palliative care, consensus-based approach, clinical decision making, dementia, Alzheimer's disease

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