Transferring patients with Alzheimer's disease during the last days of their lives from nursing homes to hospitals is often unnecessary, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. End-stage Alzheimer's patients "had really advanced cognitive impairment and really impaired functional living. They couldn't perform normal tasks of daily living. About one in five of these patients will have one or more transitions that are burdensome," study co-author Dr. Joan Teno said.

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