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Patronizing speech to older patients: a literature review

Draper, Peter


Peter Draper


This review summarizes research into the phenomenon of patronizing speech addressed to older people by doctors, nurses, health professionals and other carers. Patronizing speech is defined and illustrated and its negative impact on the dignity and well-being of older people described. Key empirical and theoretical perspectives of patronizing speech are reviewed. Different aspects of the practice are examined and practical recommendations made for how it can be recognized and avoided. The beneficial effects of training and education of health professionals are discussed.


Draper, P. (2005). Patronizing speech to older patients: a literature review. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 15(3-4), 273 - 279.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 31, 2006
Publication Date 2005-08
Journal Reviews in Clinical Gerontology
Print ISSN 0959-2598
Electronic ISSN 1469-9036
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 3-4
Pages 273 - 279
Keywords Gerontology; Geriatrics and Gerontology
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