A recent Cochrane review assessed the evidence concerning the effect of palliative care interventions in advanced dementia. As usually happens in rigorous studies of this nature, the authors of this review could find few high quality trials exploring palliative care interventions in advanced dementia. Two studies (both with a high risk of bias) were considered, measuring 31 different outcomes; although not the same outcomes.
The authors decided there was insufficient evidence to assess the effect of palliative care interventions in advanced dementia.
There are six further studies ongoing which are expected to feature in future versions of this review.
Murphy, E. Froggatt, K. [and] Connolly, S. [et al] (2016). Palliative care interventions in advanced dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. December 2nd 2016; 12: CD011513.
There is also an Executive Summary.