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Patients and families need better preparation for the 'final illness’

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Final illness

Latest research from the nursing and medical journals.

People are living longer, but by the time they die they often have co-morbidities, such as dementia.

Multiple symptoms are common among people with dementia, and poor symptom control may worsen their quality of life. Failure to recognise dementia as a terminal condition may contribute to this poor management.

Death in the tenth decade or later is becoming increasingly common, but dying in advanced old age is still rarely described.

This study drew on databases to analyse the experience. Only 10% of those who died were described as unconscious at the time, which suggests that most very old people do not simply ‘slip away’.

Pain and distress were the most commonly reported problems. Pain was usually


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