[The final phase of dementia in a group of nursing home patients: prevalence and characteristics]
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SourceTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie, 36, 2, (2005), pp. 72-76
Article / Letter to editor
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Nursing Home Medicine
Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
SubjectEBP 4: Quality of Care; NCEBP 11: Alzheimer Centre; NCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health
There is scant literature about patients in the final phase of dementia. Uniform terminology and operational definition of the final phase of dementia is lacking. Furthermore, it is difficult to monitor these patients because existing assessment scales face bottom- or ceiling effects in this population. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and the characteristics of patients in the final phase of dementia in a group of 210 Dutch nursing home patients with dementia. Stage 7 of the Global Deterioration Scale of Reisberg et al. was used to operationally define the final phase of dementia. All patients were scored on a self-constructed assessment scale. Furthermore, treatment aspects and advance directives were registered.
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