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This paper improves our understanding of spousal bereavement in dementia and highlights the need for both pre-bereavement and post-bereavement support for family carers.
It provides good-quality evidence that in the year preceding bereavement, spousal carers of people with dementia are at increased risk of psychological distress.
This research highlights the need for better support for family carers of people with dementia, and addressing the importance of continuity of services.
Future research should identify both barriers and facilitators of accessing palliative care services and test the efficacy of interventions that aim to improve palliative care for people with dementia and their families.
Caring for a partner with physical or mental disability and partner bereavement are well-established independent risk …
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