Evaluating life-sustaining treatments for demented persons

S. H. Miles, R. J. Moss

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Decisions about life-sustaining treatments for demented patients are among the most complex in medicine. Good treatment decisions rest on the degree to which medical care serves the patient's personal interests. Identifying these interests requires sustained dialogue with the community of persons intimately and caringly involved in the care of the patient. Treatment planning should focus on the goals of medical care, allowing time for all parties to the dialogue to become informed of options, intentions, and consequences of treatment decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-924
Number of pages8
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988

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