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Integrating palliative care for dementia into primary care
Date:7/14/2008

up of patients for most primary care practices," says Dr. Sachs. "Providing excellent care as the illness progresses really takes a team approach and coordination with community-based services and resources ranging all the way from homemakers to hospice. Most physicians do not have the training, time or staff to provide palliative care to this population."

Palliative care focuses on relieving suffering and supporting the best possible quality of life for individuals living with serious illness. Doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists care for patients with chronic illnesses, functional impairment, and a high burden of family caregiving responsibilities. Palliative care is provided at the same time as all other appropriate medical treatments.


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