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Everybody S***s: how defecation stigma reduces care quality in dementia

Hewer-Richards, L. and Goodall, Dawn (2020) Everybody S***s: how defecation stigma reduces care quality in dementia. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 21 (2). pp. 79-87. ISSN 1471-7794 Online: 2042-8766

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Purpose: This paper aims to raise awareness of the ways in which faecal incontinence can impact the provision of dementia care by examining this through the lens of stigma. Design/methodology/approach: This paper contains a scoping review of available literature relating to faecal incontinence, dementia and stigma. Findings: Literature was organised into three themes: the origins of the stigma, the purpose of stigma and the care context. Research limitations/implications: Limitations of this paper include the lack of literature discussing faecal incontinence and dementia in relation to stigma. Practical implications: Stigma regarding faecal incontinence has the potential to impact quality of life of people with a dementia and contributes towards the invisible work of unqualified care workers. Originality/value: Stigma and faecal incontinence have only a small amount of research around them in residential dementia care.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: residential care, care staff, dementia, stigma, dementia care, taboo, care workers, faecal incontinence, residential home
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Dawn Goodall
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 08:24
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 17:12

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