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.
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.