DESK REVIEWS | Palliative and end-of-life care

DESK REVIEW | Palliative and end-of-life care

The chapter regarding specialist referral (Chapter 4.2.7) mentions the need of palliative and end-of-life care to address the complicated care needs at an advanced stage of dementia (Department of Health, 2017b, p. 28). The chapter of dementia care journey (Chapter 5) suggests some possible interventions at the end-of-life stage. For individuals with dementia, primary care providers should liaise with secondary care providers to provide palliative care and follow the advanced care plan if any. For caregivers and families, primary care providers should provide education, bereavement support, follow up on mood problems, and referral to support group when needed (Department of Health, 2017b, p. 34).


Department of Health. (2017b). Hong Kong Reference Framework for Preventive Care for Older Adults in Primary Care Settings: Module on Cognitive Impairment. Retrieved from

It is not mentioned in the clinical practice guidelines.