Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

The role of priming networks in diagnostic disclosure in dementia

Lookup NU author(s): Sharon Lamont, Claire BamfordORCiD, Professor Carl May, Professor John Bond, Professor Martin Eccles


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


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.

Publication metadata

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

Pages: 85-85

ISSN: 0016-9013

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/geront/42.Special_Issue_I.1

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Series Title: Gerontologist