Therapeutic lying and approaches to dementia care in Ireland: North & South

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2016-12-21
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Not knowing what to do or how to answer if a person with dementia asks about a deceased relative or friend as if they were still alive is often a source of worry and stress for carers and family. A new research report, Therapeutic lying and approaches to dementia care in Ireland: North & South – prepared by an all Ireland team led by National University of Ireland Galway  Professor Dympna Casey and published by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) – is focused on understanding what is the best approach to take when a person with dementia is confused or says something that is false.  This all Ireland study found that that existing ethical and practice codes say it is never acceptable to lie to patients in any circumstances. However, the research found that the use of therapeutic lying is, in certain circumstances, considered an acceptable strategy by health professionals, informal/unpaid carers and people with dementia themselves.
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10.14655/11971-1056758
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text
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IPH
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