Deciding about nursing home care in dementia: A conjoint analysis of how older people balance competing goals.

Fahey et al. (2017) examined how older people would rank outcomes if they were to develop significant dementia, specifically where someone living at home’s cognitive function was decreasing and the decision of whether to move into care was being considered. They found that few participants were concerned with reducing risk and lengthening life, with 28% even favouring a shorter life. The most significant concerns were remaining at home and minimising burden on family, two priorities that are an example of the difficult trade-offs that are often required. The authors highlight the value placed on remaining at home by many older people, even in challenging circumstances where there is greater risk of harm and it seems inadvisable.
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Deciding about nursing home care in dementia: A conjoint analysis of how older people balance competing goals.
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2017
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Fahey, A., NíChaoimh, D., Mulkerrin, G.R., Mulkerrin, E.C. and O'Keeffe, S.T., 2017. Deciding about nursing home care in dementia: A conjoint analysis of how older people balance competing goals. Geriatrics & Gerontology International.