Doll therapy in dementia care: evidence and practice

Gary Mitchell (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Advocating doll therapy as an intervention for people with dementia, this book combines theory and evidence to show its many benefits and present guidelines for best-practice. Despite being widely and internationally used, doll therapy is a controversial and often misunderstood intervention. This book debunks the myths surrounding doll therapy, highlighting its proven positive impact on the well-being of people with dementia. The book gives care professionals an indispensable overview of doll therapy within the context of current advocated best practices, using original research and evidence to present the rationale of its use. The book also engages with ethical issues, ensuring that professionals are aware of the aspects of doll-therapy that may be counter-productive to person-centred care. Providing clear guidelines on how best to utilise doll therapy, this comprehensive book is an important resource for any professional looking to implement this intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages136
ISBN (Electronic)9781784500078
ISBN (Print)9781849055703
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2016


  • Doll Therapy
  • Dementia
  • Non-Pharmacological Intervention
  • Person-Centred Care
  • Relationship Centred
  • Quality of Life
  • Older People


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