The experience of lying in dementia care: A qualitative study

Tuckett, Anthony G. (2012) The experience of lying in dementia care: A qualitative study. Nursing Ethics, 19 1: 7-20. doi:10.1177/0969733011412104

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Author Tuckett, Anthony G.
Title The experience of lying in dementia care: A qualitative study
Journal name Nursing Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-7330
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0969733011412104
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 7
End page 20
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This analysis examines the practice of care providers in residential aged care lying to residents with dementia. Qualitative data were collected through multiple methods. Data here represents perceptions from registered and enrolled nurses, personal care assistants, and allied health professionals from five residential aged care facilities located in Queensland, Australia. Care providers in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) lie to residents with dementia. Lying is conceptualized as therapeutic whereby the care provider’s intent is to eliminate harm and also control behaviour. Care providers of residents with dementia in RACFs need guidance around lying. An ethical framework cognisant of an ethical theory of good and ethical theory of right supplemented by a theory of virtue is proposed. A complimentary four stage communication strategy that promotes truth telling as a first option while also recommending the lie as a suitable strategy is also promoted.
Keyword Communication
Residential aged care
Truth telling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print December 2, 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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