A focus on palliative care for residents with dementia is much more common in Dutch nursing homes than in the United States. We compared treatment and mortality in U.S. and Dutch nursing home residents with lower respiratory infections (LRI), which are often the immediate cause of death in dementia.

Mehr, D.R., van der Steen, J.T., Kruse, R.L., Ooms, M.E., Rantz, M., & Ribbe, M.W. (2003). Lower respiratory infections in nursing home resident with dementia: A tale of two countries. The Gerontologist, 43(Special Issue II): 85-93.

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