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Title: Human rights, citizenship and dementia care nursing
Author(s): Kelly, Fiona
Innes, Anthea
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Keywords: citizenship
human rights
theory-practice gap
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Citation: Kelly F & Innes A (2013) Human rights, citizenship and dementia care nursing, International Journal of Older People Nursing, 8 (1), pp. 61-70.
Abstract: Background. Human rights and citizenship are concepts widely used in health and social care literature. However, they are applied less frequently and less rigorously in dementia care. This paper briefly presents these concepts before exploring how they have been applied to dementia care policy and practice. We highlight areas of dementia care where human rights can be violated and citizenship can be denied. We suggest reasons why people with dementia can be denied their human and civil rights and discuss how such concepts provide a way to address cultural and practice change in dementia care.Aims and objectives. To demonstrate how these concepts can be used to challengeand improve dementia care nursing.Conclusions. This paper contributes to emerging discussion about dementia carenursing by challenging conventional ways of understanding dementia and the carepractices that result. Taking a rights-based approach allows nurses to examineinequity in services and address poor practice.Implications for practice. Looking at dementia through the lenses of citizenship and human rights provides a way to broaden the scope of contemporary dementia carenursing, to enable nurses to challenge inequity and to develop and improve thedirect nursing care offered to people with dementia.
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