Person-centred care: experiences of older people with dementia
Linda Nicholson Lecturer, Health and social care, Dundee College, Dundee, Scotland
Aim To explore the views, perceptions and experiences of older people with dementia of person-centred care, and how these might affect practice.
Method This was a qualitative literature review. A literature search was undertaken, which involved searching databases, reference-checking, and hand-searching of academic journals, national policies and nursing organisation websites, from 1999 to 2017. The author undertook data extraction and a meta-synthesis independently to identify themes from the articles.
Findings A total of 12 articles were included in the literature review. Few articles pertaining to the views, perceptions and experiences of older people with dementia receiving person-centred care were identified, with most of the literature based in settings outside the UK. Four main themes were identified: shared decision-making; promoting individuality, independence and autonomy; person-centred care; and communication and giving voice to people with dementia.
Conclusion Knowledge of the lived experience of people with dementia is important to ensure they receive care that enhances their quality of life. It is essential to consider the views and experiences of older people with dementia to provide effective person-centred care and undertake appropriate research. Further research is required to evaluate the experiences of older people with dementia receiving care to inform practice.
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software
Conflict of interest
Received: 06 May 2016
Accepted: 14 August 2017
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