(POS4-53) D-DRINC Study B: An analysis of public online discourses to explore how these frame ways in which older long-term care residents, living with dementia, drink fluids

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Background: Low-intake dehydration is caused by not drinking enough, over a sustained period. Over three quarters of older people consume less than 1.5L of fluids over a 24-hour period(1), despite European guidance recommending that Women consume 1.6L and Men 2L of fluids (+ 20% from food)(2). People living in long-term care settings, particularly those living with dementia, might need assistance, prompting or reminding to drink, and be dependent on staff to provide drinks. Although we know something of how long-term care residents consume fluids, we know little about public discourses relating to how residents living with dementia, drink and how these discourses may frame meanings, practices and relationships to shape their drinking.
Aim: To explore and understand public discourses framing how people living with dementia drink fluids in long-term care settings.
Methods: I examined posts from Alzheimer’s Society UK’s publicly-accessible ‘Dementia Talking Point’ online discussion forum (NHS Ethics IRAS ID: 317892). Posts were eligible to be included, where they included these search terms: drink, hydrate, juice, tea, coffee, milk, beer, dehydration, water, and referred to someone living within a long-term care setting. From 817 posts posted by users of the ‘Dementia Talking Point’ forum, I included 287 eligible posts which I anonymised, and organised using NVivo 12 qualitative analysis software.
Findings: I am currently generating key themes from data, using thematic discourse analysis.
Impact: Study insights will develop knowledge of public discourses of how people living with dementia should, or are assumed to drink in long-term care settings. These insights will identify the language people use, and how this may frame the importance and emphasis given to drinking, for people living and working within these settings. This knowledge is vital for research to develop context-based interventions to improve drinking for people living with dementia, within long-term care.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2023
Event33rd Alzheimer Europe - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 16 Oct 202318 Oct 2023


Conference33rd Alzheimer Europe

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