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Title: Living with early-stage dementia : the perspective of older Chinese people
Authors: Mok, E 
Lai, CKY 
Wong, FLF
Wan, P
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Journal of advanced nursing, 2007, v. 59, no. 6, p. 591-600
Abstract: Aim. This paper is a report of a study to describe the lived experiences of people with early-stage dementia and their ways of coping with the illness. Background. Emerging models of subjective experience and coping with early dementia have been developed in Western cultures. Understanding how Chinese people with early-stage dementia adjust and cope is an important starting point in developing interventions that can enhance their adaptive coping. Method. A convenience sample of 15 Chinese people in the early stages of dementia were interviewed and observed during home visits. The study involved in-depth transcribed interview data using a phenomenological approach. The data were collected in 2005. Results. Four themes were identified in the data: attribution of illness, experiencing losses resulting in frustration and uncertainty, adapting to a new role in relationships with family and friends and continuing to live. People with early dementia who adopted a positive outlook did so because they had made sense of and accepted the illness, received understanding and support from family and friends and were being listened to and respected. Conclusion. The themes emerging from the findings could be used as a framework in understanding how people cope with the onset of early dementia. The framework includes specific implications for the provision of intervention services and highlights the importance of understanding people's own constructions of their illness and how they adjust their lives in coping.
Keywords: Chinese people
Coping
Early dementia
Empirical research report
Interviews
Nursing
Phenomenology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Journal: Journal of advanced nursing 
ISSN: 0309-2402
EISSN: 1365-2648
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04368.x
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