Use of doll therapy for people with dementia: An overview

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Over the past decade, dolls have been used increasingly as a therapeutic device for people with dementia. While there has not been much empirical research carried out on the topic, current evidence suggests that engagement with dolls can promote wellbeing. This has been described in the literature as a reduction in challenging behaviour, greater engagement with others and even increased dietary intake. Providing people with dementia with dolls has supporters and critics. This article seeks to supply healthcare professionals with a synopsis of the phenomenon as well as illuminating some of the pertinent debates associated with this therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-26
JournalNursing Older People
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2014


  • Dementia
  • Doll Therapy
  • Non-Pharmacological Intervention
  • Older People
  • Person Centred Care


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