Communication Vignettes: ‘I don’t think I can cope, nurse’

Helen Scott

  • Abstract

    Dementia is a progressive, life-limiting disease (Jolley, 2010; National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, 2010; Hennings et al, 2013). Over time, people with the condition can decline, both cognitively and functionally (Schneider et al, 1999; DeKosky and Orgogozo, 2001; Tor ti et al, 2004; Hennings et al, 2013). The progression of symptoms is unique for each person, but generally people lose memories, are less able to use meaningful speech, become less mobile and increasingly dependent for all their care needs (Lynn and Adamson, 2003; Sampson et al, 2005; Schreder et al, 2005; Mitchell et al, 2009).

  • Contributors

    Helen Scott


    Correct at article publish date

    Helen Scott is Editor; End of Life journal, and a palliative care nurse. Email:

    Original publishing information

    • Publisher: St Christopher's Hospice
    • Publish date: 01/01/2014
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue: 2

    Permissions: © 2015, Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

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