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Book Reviews
March 2006

Standards in Dementia Care

Arch Neurol. 2006;63(3):466. doi:10.1001/archneur.63.3.466

edited by Alistair Burns, 386 pp, with illus, $55, ISBN 1841845264, London, England, Taylor & Francis Group, 2005.

This is a compilation by Alistair Burns of 47 working papers that led to a consensus statement by the European Dementia Consensus Network, a multidisciplinary group established to address issues related to dementia care. Contributors were experts from 22 European countries. They recommended the following:

Of the 48 chapters in the book, 18 review dementia care in specific countries, often focusing on specific aspects of care. Other chapters are devoted to the role of specific professionals in dementia care, such as geriatricians, old-age psychiatrists, neurologists, occupational therapists, social workers, etc. Caretaker stress and elder abuse are considered in separate chapters, as are special services available in some countries. The final 5 chapters consider legal and ethical issues.