Title: Palliatieve zorg voor de patiënt met dementie
Authors: Lisaerde, Jo ×
Aertgeerts, Bert
Van Mechelen, Wouter
Vermandere, Mieke
De Lepeleire, Jan #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Nederlandstalige Medische Faculteiten in België
Series Title: Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde vol:69 pages:550-553
Abstract: Palliative care for people with dementia
Patients dying from dementia have been shown to
need healthcare comparable to those of patients with
cancer. Patients with dementia have unquestionably
a decreased survival rate compared with those without
dementia. Distressing symptoms, such as pain
and dyspnea, are common in the last three to six
months of their life. Pneumonia and other infections,
as well as hip fractures or eating problems are frequent
complications in the advanced stage and associated
with a high six-month mortality rate.
Understanding the clinical course of the final
stage of dementia and the possible foresight of the
survival time may prevent unnecessary actions and
facilitate the benefits of good palliative care at the
right moment. Estimating the survival time in
dementia remains a difficult exercise due to the
individual variability. The state of the decreasing
functionality should be a more accurate benchmark
to optimise palliative care.
ISSN: 0371-683X
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AT
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