To anticipate future suffering due to dementia a growing number of people draft written advance euthanasia directives (AED). In actual practice the number of cases of euthanasia in advanced dementia is very limited. Dementia case managers are often closely involved since an early stage of the disease in the support and guidance of people with dementia and are well positioned to talk about the AED. This study aims to acquire insights into the way case managers deal with AEDs of people suffering from dementia. This qualitative study consists of two focus groups of ten case managers in total. Involvement of case managers was found to extend beyond discussing merely AEDs, to also the broader discussion of euthanasia and ‘future euthanasia wishes’ of patients with dementia. A thematic analysis of how case managers proceed with future euthanasia wishes yielded five themes: 1) Scenarios in practice; 2) Introduction of a written euthanasia directive as a conversation topic; 3) Guidance and support of the client and caregiver; 4) Cooperation with other health care workers; 5) Experienced dilemmas. The insights, provided by this study, into the role of case managers regarding the guidance of people with dementia and a future euthanasia wish contributes to a further optimization of the multidisciplinary collaboration between general practitioners and dementia case managers. Further research into the added value of this collaboration in dealing with these complicated issues around euthanasia in dementia care, is recommended.
|Translated title of the contribution||Case managers’ perceptions on their role in (Future) euthanasia requests in patients with dementia|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|