Journal article

Impact of disclosure of a dementia diagnosis on uptake of support services: A pilot study exploring a post-traumatic stress approach

Annette Dunham, David Mellor, Elizabeth Rand, Marita McCabe, Matthew Lewis

DEMENTIA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL RESEARCH AND PRACTICE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: At time of diagnosis, people with dementia and their carers can access support services to help them to plan for their future care needs, but often they do not engage with these services. It is not clear why this occurs but a potential explanation explored in this paper is that disclosure of a dementia diagnosis is an overwhelming and highly stressful event that may lead to behavioural avoidance in the manner of post-traumatic stress. In this study we use a post-traumatic stress screening tool to determine whether being diagnosed with dementia shares some qualitative similarities with post-traumatic stress disorder and explore whether this is associated with a reduced likelihood ..

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