Developing theoretical understandings of dementia and their application to dementia care policy in the UK
Innes and Manthorpe (2013) critically assessed three influential theoretical perspectives (biomedical, psycho-social and critical social gerontology) in shaping dementia policy in different regions of the UK. They offer the policy document used in the consultation process of the national dementia strategy in NI as an illustrative example of policy on dementia that engages with person-centred principles, a hallmark of social-psychological perspectives on dementia. They argue that lessons from different theoretical perspectives need to be explicitly recognised, challenged and valued for a truly integrated dementia care policy model to evolve.
INNES, A. and MANTHORPE, J., 2013. Developing theoretical understandings of dementia and their application to dementia care policy in the UK. Dementia, 12(6), pp. 682-696.