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Ethical Issues in Dementia Care
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Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Making moral decisions: from consequences, duties and principles to conscience. 2. Being true: relationships, empathic understanding and communication. 3. Concerned to treat. 4. Keeping them safe. 5. It's the quality that counts, but how do we decide? 6. Making decisions in practice. References. Index.

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Considers common ethical decisions in dementia care in the context of relationships, treatment, safety and quality of life, and offers practical guidance and advice

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Julian C. Hughes is a consultant in Old Age Psychiatry at North Tyneside General Hospital and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Ageing and Health at the University of Newcastle, UK. He is currently the Chair of the Philosophy Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He also held a short-term Fellowship in 2003 from the Wellcome Trust to consider quality of life in dementia.Clive Baldwin is Senior Lecturer at Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford, UK. He is a member of the Christian Council on Aging Dementia Group and maintains his interest in the voluntary sector through fundraising and consultancy work. Both authors were involved in research at Ethox (University of Oxford) into ethical issues for family carers of people with dementia.

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The authors of this worthy book state that the aim is "to help carers of people with dementia...non-family, formal carers" (p.9). They take guidance from researh (Alzheimer's society) with family carers and I have no doubt that this book would be of comfort to these such carers too... Anyone invloved with a person woth dementia becomes more expert in ethical issues. -- Dementia Journal
As I get older, I would be very pleased to discover that those who might end up caring for me would have at least some of the insight and clarity of thinking of these two excellent authors. In particular, I recommend this book for medical students for they should have ethical literacy as part of their basic tool kit. -- Cambridge Journals
The book is written in an accessible style, with plenty of case examples to bring life to the issue. This book is recommended for all professionals who care for these individuals, as it helps to redress the balance of the heart of caring with the technical aspects of caring. -- Clinical Psychology Forum
Ethical issues is one of the Bradford Dementia Groups good practice guides and is intended for all those who care for people with dementia. It is well written and clearly presented. It aims to help in making all types of difficult decisions. Every situation is unique - there are no universal right answers "being more reflective" is the message implicit in every page. -- CHS Heart Magazine

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