A new research report, Therapeutic lying and approaches to dementia care in Ireland: North & South – prepared by an all Ireland team led by National University of Ireland Galway Professor Dympna Casey and published by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) – is focused on understanding what is the best approach to take when a person with dementia is confused or says something that is false.
This all Ireland study found that that existing ethical and practice codes say it is never acceptable to lie to patients in any circumstances. However, the research found that the use of therapeutic lying is, in certain circumstances, considered an acceptable strategy by health professionals, informal/unpaid carers and people with dementia themselves.
This report was commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) which is now the Ageing Research and Development Division of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).
IPH has produced a lay summary of the report for family and carers entitled: Should I lie: approaches to dementia care which is available at www.publichealth.ie