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Addressing Decision Making on End of Life Care for People with Dementia | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2471-9846

Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing
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Addressing Decision Making on End of Life Care for People with Dementia

Jones K*, Birchely G, Clare L, Huxtable R, Walter T and Dixon J

Health and Social Care, WELS, The Open University, Walton Road, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK76AA, UK

Corresponding Author:
Jones K
Health and Social Care
WELS, The Open University
Walton Road, Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire, MK76AA, UK
Tel: 07891868695
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 19, 2017; Accepted date: May 24, 2017; Published date: May 31, 2017

Citation: Jones K, Birchely G, Clare L, Huxtable R, Walter T, et al. (2017) Addressing Decision Making on End of Life Care for People with Dementia. J Comm Pub Health Nurs 3:178. doi:10.4172/2471-9846.1000178

Copyright: © 2017 Jones K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Dementia affects approximately 36 million people worldwide and the number living with dementia is expected to increase to 66 million by 2030 [1]. Dementia is recognised as a public health priority which urgently needs attention by the World Health Organisation [2]. Despite recent national and international policy initiatives, people with dementia continue to receive invasive treatment such as artificial nutrition and hydration and inadequate care towards the end of their lives [3]. In our scoping review of decision making and advanced care planning for people with dementia, we outline some of the challenges of decision making that people with people with dementia, their families and health professionals face in talking about a complex and sensitive issue.

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