Dementia palliative care in the acute psychiatric hospital: A feasibility study

Melanie T. Gentry, Matthew M. Clark, Susan M. Ryan, Teresa Anne Rummans, Maria I. Lapid

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Abstract

Purpose: We explored the feasibility of a clinical pathway to identify hospitalized patients with dementia who would benefit from a palliative intervention. Design and Methods: Consecutive geropsychiatric admissions were screened for terminal dementia to be randomized to a palliative consultation vs usual care. Findings: A total of 43 of the 188 patients (23%) had dementia; however, dementia stages were severe but not terminal. The pathway was not feasible because of the lack of the target population in the inpatient setting for the intervention. Practice Implications: New clinical pathways are needed to identify patients with dementia who would benefit from palliative care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Alzheimer
  • neurodegenerative disorder
  • psychogeriatric
  • quality of life
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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