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Advance care planning for people with dementia

Advance care planning (ACP) provides a framework for discussing and documenting care preferences in preparation for situations in which a person loses the cognitive capacity to make decisions. It can be particularly valuable in assisting people in the early stages of living with a dementia, supported by their families, to document their preferences for care at the later stages of their illness. While the potential benefits of ACP are widely acknowledged, there remain gaps in the research evidence on ACP and challenges in implementing ACP in practice. The three recently-published studies described below address these issues.

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