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Commentary on "Communication between families and hospital staff is important in understanding nutrition and hydration problems in dementia patients"
  1. Mehmet Selman Ontan1,
  2. Ahmet Turan Isik2
  1. 1Geriatric Medicine, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey
  2. 2Geriatric Medicine, Unit For Aging Brain and Dementia, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Professor Ahmet Turan Isik, Geriatric Medicine, Dokuz Eylul Universitesi, Izmir 35340, Turkey; atisik{at}

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Commentary on: Anantapong K, Davies N, Sampson EL. Communication between the multidisciplinary team and families regarding nutrition and hydration for people with severe dementia in acute hospitals: a qualitative study. Age Ageing 2022;51:afac230. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afac230.

Implications for practice and research

  • Hydration and nutrition issues in dementia should be discussed primarily by experienced health professionals, considering the beliefs, culture and expectations of the patient and her family, from the diagnosis. Moreover, these problems may show different characteristics in the acute hospital and at the end of life.

  • Further studies with larger and interrelated study groups may emphasise more on the importance of communication in hydration and nutrition problems in dementia.


Eating and drinking difficulties are known sources of health problems in people with dementia. It is essential to increase the awareness of patients and family carers for these problems. Healthy communication with family …

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  • Funding There is no funding for this comment to declare.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.