Nonpharmacological therapies to help resolve the distress and decline in social function that people with dementia.
The use of doll therapy in dementia care appears to be increasing, even though there is limited empirical evidence to support its use and therapeutic effectiveness. It is suggested by advocates of doll therapy that its use can alleviate distress and promote comfort in some people with dementia.
Despite these encouraging claims, the theoretical basis for the use of doll therapy in dementia is poorly understood and morally questionable.
The purpose of this article is to provide healthcare professionals with a succinct overview of the theory behind the therapeutic use of dolls for people with dementia, a presentation and appraisal of the available empirical evidence and an appreciation of the potential ethical dilemmas that are involved.
Reference : nptherapies.org