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Commentary on: Dewitte L, Vandenbulcke M, Dezutter J. Cognitive functioning and quality of life: diverging views of older adults with Alzheimer and professional care staff. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2018;33:1074–1081. doi: 10.1002/gps.4895.
Implications for practice and research
Older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) respond best to patient-centred care that values and affirms personhood and maintains the ‘self’.
Research to examine perceptions and attitudes of professional care staff towards AD in older adults may provide insight into pre-existing quality of life (QOL) biases.
As the prevalence of AD grows across the globe, individuals, caregivers and health organisations struggle to cope with the overwhelming personal, economic, and healthcare system challenges that often accompany the condition. With a growing need for residential care facilities to assume care, QOL has …
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