Masterclass: Palliative care for patients with dementia

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This masterclass will explore ways to improve palliative care for patients with dementia.

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Although dementia as a cause of death is increasing, and the number of deaths with a mention of dementia recorded on the death certificate increased from 6.6% to 12.0% in England between 2001 and 2010, (Sleeman et al, 2014) dementia is often not recognised as a life-limiting condition.

People with dementia may face additional complications at the end of their lives including diminishing mental capacity, difficulty in communicating needs such as pain and thirst, uncertainty in prognosis. Whilst professionals may lack the skills and confidence to deal with these challenges and services may not be available, or suitable, for people with dementia (Alzheimer’s Society, 2012).

This masterclass will be delivered by Dr Syed Qamar Abbas, who is the Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Clare Hospice and Princess Alexandra Hospital. He also holds the titles of Senior Clinical Tutor at University of Cambridge and Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. He speaks from his experience and his involvement in palliative care for more than 21 years.

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