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Carers, ethics and dementia: a survey and review of the literature

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Julian Hughes


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Background Much has been written on ethical issues in dementia, but usually from the point of view of the various professionals involved, Whilst there has been an increasing amount of interest in the psychosocial problems that face the carers of people with dementia, the ethical nature of some of these problems has largely been ignored. Objective To review the literature on ethical issues in dementia from the perspective of the main, non-professional carers of people with dementia. Method A systematic literature search using Medline, Clinpsych and CINAHL databases between 1982 and 2000. A pilot study of carers. Results The lay perspective provides both a wide variety of issues and unique approaches. Although in the literature quantitative, research answers some questions, it is qualitative research that deepens our understanding of the issues from the perspective of carers. Conclusion It is particularly qualitative research that brings out the ethical issues for carers, which tend to be more varied than the ethical issues raised in the professional literature. Awareness of such issues could inform and shape the support given to carers. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hughes JC; Hope T; Savulescu J; Ziebland S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Year: 2002

Volume: 17

Issue: 1

Pages: 35-40

ISSN (print): 0885-6230

ISSN (electronic): 1099-1166

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/gps.515


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