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The use of robotic animals in dementia care: challenges and ethical dilemmas

26 September 2018

Mental Health Practice

Older people

This article looks at robotic pets and how they can be used in dementia care. The research discussed suggests that robot therapy could be beneficial to some people....

The practice of seclusion: a review of the discourse on its use

25 April 2018

Mental Health Practice

Seclusion is an intervention used as a safety measure to manage patients who are violent, show disturbed behaviour and who pose a risk of harm to others (Department...

Caregivers’ perspectives on ethical aspects of residential and domiciliary care

30 November 2016

Nursing Older People

Evidence & practice

Aim To explore caregivers’ perspectives on ethics in older people’s residential and domiciliary social care. Method Seventeen staff working in domiciliary and...

Ethical practice in nursing care

28 November 2012

Nursing Standard


Ethical practice is acknowledged as an essential feature of good nursing, yet defining what comprises such practice is complex. This article examines aspects of...

Ethical practice in dementia care

13 February 2019

Nursing Older People

Professional issues

This article draws on a range of case study examples from dementia care and explains how ethical theory can be applied to enhance professional practice. Ethical...

In the child’s best interests: should life be sustained when further treatment is futile?

22 October 2019

Nursing Children and Young People

Ethical issues

The aim of this article is to explore the concept of medical futility and the withdrawal of care for children in intensive care units. There have been several recent...

Exploring the experiences of domiciliary caregivers simulating the role of care recipients

20 April 2020

Nursing Standard

Ethical issues

Aim To find out if an immersive simulation intervention would be feasible in a domiciliary care context, and to explore what effect, if any, the intervention would...

Understanding the legal considerations of consent in nursing practice

22 November 2021

Nursing Standard

Ethical issues

Consent to treatment is a common, albeit complex, aspect of nursing practice. Over the past few years, laws have been strengthened to provide increased recognition...

Understanding the relevance of human rights in healthcare and nursing practice

09 November 2020

Nursing Standard

Ethical issues

While the NHS aims to respect the human rights of every individual, it also has a wider social duty to promote equality in the services it provides. This means that...

Ethical decision-making in the administration of ‘as required’ antipsychotics to people with dementia in care homes

10 May 2023

Nursing Older People

Ethical issues

Antipsychotic medicines are often prescribed ‘as required’ to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, despite evidence that these medicines have...