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Family members more involved in end-of-life dementia

Over the past twenty years, the way in which people with advanced dementia die appears to have changed somewhat.

The researchers have found that family members are more often involved in the death than in the past. In two out of three cases (67.4%), a pre-death medical decision that may speed up the process is discussed with the family. In 1998, this hardly happened (only 12 per cent).

This shift may be the result of the introduction of three new laws in 2002: the euthanasia law, the law on patients’ rights and the law on palliative care.


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