This report concluded that those who support and care for people with dementia need much more support in tackling the ethical problems they meet every day. Guidelines are helpful, but not enough.
A 6–part ‘ethical framework’ is presented to help those who face dilemmas in the day-to-day care of someone with dementia.
The report also makes recommendations in the following areas:read more »
In October 2009, the Council published a report, Dementia: ethical issues, which considers the ethical issues that arise in the context of dementia.
Ethical difficulties arising in dementia include:
deciding when and how to communicate a diagnosis
balancing a person’s safety with their need for independence and freedom
deciding what is in the best interests of the person with dementia, for example when making decisions about their care and treatment
In the light of the increasing prevalence of dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions in the UK, and of developments in neuroscience which provide a better understanding of these conditions and of the care and treatment that can be provided to those suffering from them, the Working Party will:
1. Identify and consider the ethical, legal, economic and social issues including issues of social responsibility that arise in the care and treatment of those with chronic, progressive neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system;read more »
The Council launched its report Dementia: ethical issues at a public seminar held in London on 1 October 2009. Find out more about this report.
Working Party members presented the findings of the report, with talks on topics including including dilemmas in care, dementia research, and the needs of carers. The presentations were followed by questions and discussions with the audience.read more »
Carers of people with dementia need more support and advice to tackle the difficult ethical dilemmas that they face on a daily basis, says the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in a major report today.
The report sets out an ethical approach to dealing with these dilemmas, and makes policy recommendations aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Professor Tony Hope, chair of the Working Party that produced the report and a psychiatrist with many years of experience of working with people with dementia said:read more »
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today launched a consultation on the ethical dilemmas that are faced by people with dementia and those who care for them, including families, carers, and health and social care professionals.read more »