The personal impact of disclosure of a dementia diagnosis: a thematic review of the literature

The effects of disclosing the diagnosis to a person with dementia was the subject matter of a literature review conducted by Mitchell et al. (2013). Only studies from the perspective of the persons with dementia were included and the majority (11/12) were framed within a naturalistic paradigm. The review findings show that feelings experienced by people recently given a diagnosis of dementia ranged from anxiety or fear to relief or the enablement of future planning. The perceived stigma surrounding a diagnosis of dementia was evident in the majority of studies in the review, as was the impact of losing the freedom to drive. 

Title: 
The personal impact of disclosure of a dementia diagnosis: a thematic review of the literature
Date: 
2013
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MITCHELL, G., MCCOLLUM, P. and MONAGHAN, C. 2013. The personal impact of disclosure of a dementia diagnosis: a thematic review of the literature. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 9(5), pp. 223-228.