First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Jessica GiontaFollow

Title of Poster or Paper

Therapeutic Lying in Dementia Care

Mentor/s

Doctor Little, Doctor Stannard

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

Therapeutic lying revolves around the idea of deliberately deceiving dementia patients for the sake of their best interest. Although a controversial topic, many healthcare providers do support therapeutic lying; however, some tend to stray away from it due to the lack of guidance that exists in executing these lies as well as the skepticism that stems from breaking the trust between the doctor to patient relationship. Supporting this questioning of the use of therapeutic lying, deontologists feel as though healthcare workers are obligated to stick with their intended duties and obligations, refraining from lying. However, with the support of the ethical theories of utilitarianism, consequentialism, and virtue ethics, therapeutic can be supported and encourage the use of therapeutic lying in order to bring patients to ease. Although a debatable topic, therapeutic lying has shown time and time again to bring happiness to patients rather than adding even more stress to their already complex lives and altered state of mind.

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN-300-C

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

5-5-2021 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

5-5-2021 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Jessica Gionta

Exercise Science (4+3 DPT) Major

Psychology Minor

Honors

2022

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Therapeutic Lying in Dementia Care

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Therapeutic lying revolves around the idea of deliberately deceiving dementia patients for the sake of their best interest. Although a controversial topic, many healthcare providers do support therapeutic lying; however, some tend to stray away from it due to the lack of guidance that exists in executing these lies as well as the skepticism that stems from breaking the trust between the doctor to patient relationship. Supporting this questioning of the use of therapeutic lying, deontologists feel as though healthcare workers are obligated to stick with their intended duties and obligations, refraining from lying. However, with the support of the ethical theories of utilitarianism, consequentialism, and virtue ethics, therapeutic can be supported and encourage the use of therapeutic lying in order to bring patients to ease. Although a debatable topic, therapeutic lying has shown time and time again to bring happiness to patients rather than adding even more stress to their already complex lives and altered state of mind.

 

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