OPEN BMC palliative care | 24 Jun 2018
R Piers, G Albers, J Gilissen, J De Lepeleire, J Steyaert, W Van Mechelen, E Steeman, L Dillen, P Vanden Berghe and L Van den Block
Advance care planning (ACP) is a continuous, dynamic process of reflection and dialogue between an individual, those close to them and their healthcare professionals, concerning the individual’s preferences and values concerning future treatment and care, including end-of-life care. Despite universal recognition of the importance of ACP for people with dementia, who gradually lose their ability to make informed decisions themselves, ACP still only happens infrequently, and evidence-based recommendations on when and how to perform this complex process are lacking. We aimed to develop evidence-based clinical recommendations to guide professionals across settings in the practical application of ACP in dementia care.
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