Article of the month – February 2021
Emma Wolverson et al. “The language of behaviour changes in dementia: A mixed methods survey exploring the perspectives of people with dementia, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN).
The study aimed to explore the opinions of people with dementia, about the language used to describe changes in behaviour associated with dementia and used a human rights approach in a mixed methods convergent parallel synthesis design. People with dementia raised concerns about the language used to describe changes in behaviour that can occur in dementia. Although there was no agreement on terminology, the preference towards terms reflecting the unmet needs likely to underline perceived changes in behaviour. There is scope for improvements in the language used for this paradigm in both research and practice.