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Care of the older person
Inclusion of people with dementia in research can help nurses understand how to deliver successful reminiscence interventions
  1. Kellyn Lee
  1. School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kellyn Lee, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK; kellyn.lee{at}

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Commentary on: Abu Khait, A Shellman, J, Sabo K. Metasynthesis of Patients’ Perspectives about Reminiscence in Dementia Care. West J Nurs Res 2020;1–15.

Implications for practice and research

  • Understanding reminiscence therapy from the perspectives of people with dementia can assist nurses to deliver reminiscence sessions which reduce negative emotions and improve self-esteem.

  • The inclusion of patient perspectives can enhance further theoretical development of a middle-range theory relating to reminiscence therapy in dementia care.

  • Research methods should be inclusive in their design so as not to exclude people in the later stages of dementia.


Reminiscence is a therapeutic intervention used to support people with dementia. It involves sharing life experiences, memories and stories from the past. While it is suggested that people with dementia can benefit from the principles of reminiscence, there is a lack of supporting evidence from the perspectives of people with the disease. This study presents a metasynthesis of qualitative …

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