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Lookup NU author(s): Sharon Lamont,
Professor Carl May,
Professor John Bond,
Professor Martin Eccles
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Existing research suggests that disclosing a diagnosis ofdementia is difficult and that clinicians approach disclosure with varying degrees of reluctance and anxiety. Using qualitative in-depth interviews, this study explores diagnostic disclosure from the perspectives of people with dementia and their carers. Initial analysis has highlighted the importance of priming for diagnosis and disclosure. The priming process begins with first recognition of the disease process and the number of people involved in the priming network increases as concerns are shared with family members and professionals. The priming process involves explicit and implicit preparation of the person with suspected dementia to a point where formal disclosure is almost a formality. As a consequence, many people with dementia are not totally surprised by their diagnosis. This study has important implications for training clinicians in disclosing a diagnosis of dementia.
Author(s): Bamford C; Bond J; Lamont S; Eccles M; May C
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America
Year of Conference: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Series Title: Gerontologist