Book Review: Doll Therapy in Dementia Care

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This book is an engaging read from beginning to end. It explains the needs of people with advanced dementia, particularly that for attachment, and how doll therapy is one of many approaches to engaging in person-centred care.

The examples of conversion to the therapy that are interspersed throughout the book are inspiring and bring to life the importance of understanding the complexities of the needs of people with advanced dementia.

In providing an overview of the development of the case for doll therapy, the book addresses and draws on clinical research, and ethical and theoretical positions. It is excellently illustrated, and includes case studies involving families and caregivers.

The work is original, contemporary and relevant to nurses working with people who have dementia, but is also accessible to healthcare assistants and lay readers. I would recommend it as an essential text for any professional engaged in the field of dementia care.

Gary Mitchell | Jessica Kingsley Publishers | 136pp | £17.99 | ISBN: 9781849055703

Reviewed by Kay de Vries, deputy head of the School for Health Sciences and head of the Centre for Health Research, University of Brighton

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