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Letters Resistant behaviours in dementia

Resistant behaviour in dementia might be due to hearing loss

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 13 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m59
  1. Ted Leverton, retired general practitioner
  1. Bere Alston PL20 7HB, UK
  1. tleverton{at}

Cook and colleagues summarise many deficiencies in the care of people with dementia but do not mention hearing loss or deafness.1

How can I follow instructions if I can’t hear what you are saying? In the paper they summarise, by Featherstone et al, resistant behaviour is discussed as though it is a failure on the part of the patient.2 In my experience, the failure is often that the …

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