Book review: Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies

A timely book on social research methods for people with dementia

Social Research Methods in Dementia Studies: Inclusion and Innovation

John Keady, Lars-Christer Hydén, Ann Johnson et al (Eds) | Routledge | £105 | 230pp | ISBN: 9781138699205

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For all healthcare professionals involved or considering research in dementia, this book is a must-read. Its content is timely, and addresses inclusion and innovation.

The main theme is to identify social research methods for examining the everyday lived experiences of people with dementia and their significant others.

The book is groundbreaking in that it examines traditional qualitative research methods and adapts or develops these into new methods.

Instead of assuming that people with dementia are passive and have research done ‘to them’, the authors want to see them more involved so that research is done ‘alongside’ them.

The strengths of the book include helpful boxes at the beginning and end of each chapter to outline details of the chapter, learning points, key references and recommended further reading.

The editors, who have a wealth of experience in research, nursing, teaching or dementia, provide real insights into new and adapted methods that will be inclusive, prompt engagement and value the ‘in the moment’ experiences of people living with dementia.

Aimed primarily at nurses and researchers, this is not necessarily a book for a personal collection, but is a must-have reference book for libraries.

Reviewed by Wendy Mountford, Admiral Nurse, Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Staffordshire

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