Therapeutic use of dolls for people living with dementia: A critical review of the literature.

Mitchell et al. (2016) document a critical review of the literature on doll therapy for people with dementia. A total of 11 studies are included; most are observational of people with dementia engaged in doll therapy. Four examine perceptions of healthcare professions and one is a retrospective analysis of case notes pre and post doll therapy. The literature suggests that some people with dementia may benefit from the use of dolls with improvements shown in communication, interaction with others, dietary intake and general wellbeing. However it remains controversial with healthcare professionals’ attitudes identified as a barrier.
Title: 
Therapeutic use of dolls for people living with dementia: A critical review of the literature.
Journal: 
Date: 
2016
Theme or key words: 
References: 
Mitchell, G., McCormack, B. and McCance, T., 2016. Therapeutic use of dolls for people living with dementia: A critical review of the literature. Dementia, 15(5), pp.976-1001.