Journal article

Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease

Andrew D Watt, Nicole L Jenkins, Gawain McColl, Steven Collins, Patricia M Desmond

JOURNAL OF ALZHEIMERS DISEASE | IOS PRESS | Published : 2019

Abstract

There is hope that the continuing efforts of researchers will yield a disease-modifying drug for Alzheimer's disease. Such a drug is likely to be capable of halting, or significantly slowing, the underlying pathological processes driving cognitive decline; however, it is unlikely to be capable of restoring brain function already lost through the pathological process. A therapy capable of halting Alzheimer's disease, while not providing restoration of function, may prompt serious ethical questions. For example, is there a stage in the disease process when it becomes too late for therapeutic intervention to commence? And who bears the responsibility of making such a decision? Conversations reg..

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