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Dementia communication using empathic curiosity

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When we think about communicating with people with dementia we often focus on reminiscence. However the authors of this article suggest there is a danger in assuming that all patients with dementia live entirely in the past.

After reading the article consider the following points:

  • What is empathetic curiosity?
  • What skills do you need to use these skills?
  • Think of a patient you have cared for with dementia. How could you have used empathetic curiosity to explore their experiences?

Eileen Shepherd, Clinical Commissioning Editor

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