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Care of the older person
Supportive and palliative care services are beneficial for people affected by dementia
  1. Francisca-lenae Egbuna1,
  2. Danita Ellison-Findings2,
  3. Myriam Jean Cadet2
  1. 1 Department of Nursing, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, USA
  2. 2 Department of Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Ms Francisca-lenae Egbuna, Nursing, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, USA; flcegbuna{at}

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Commentary on: Ding J, Cook A, Qin X, et al. Palliative care needs and utilisation of specialist services for people imminently dying with dementia: a national population-based study. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2020:103655.

Implications for practice and research

  • Access to supportive services and palliative care can be beneficial for patients with dementia, and it is important that healthcare professionals have adequate knowledge on the palliative care needs of patients with dementia to maintain optimal care.

  • Future research could investigate the association between palliative care services and patient safety.


Over 20 million patients with dementia require palliative care every year.1 Palliative care addresses the holistic needs of patients with dementia, which may include unmet needs, practical aspects of care, social and psychological issues to ensure quality of life.1 It helps patients and families find their voices and express their healthcare needs by providing comfort care, symptom management …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.