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Invited Commentary
December 2016

Intensive Care Unit Bed Availability and Use of Mechanical Ventilation in Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Dementia: When We Build It, Why Do They Come?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Aging and Health, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(12):1816-1817. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.6415

Caring for the expanding population of patients with advanced dementia is one of the most important challenges for the US health care system. Patients and families experience an extraordinary illness trajectory including years of functional dependency and high rates of acute and long-term health care use. The final stage of dementia lasts more than a year and is marked by acute comorbidities including frequent infections.1

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