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5th Edition of

Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 24-26, 2025 | Singapore

Nursing 2024

Jane Murray

Speaker at Singapore Nursing Research Conference 2024 - Jane Murray
Northumbria University, United Kingdom
Title: Meeting the needs of patients with moderate to severe dementia; telling lies to support personhood


Telling lies to patients with moderate to severe dementia is much debated in the literature. A whole range of words are used such as white lie, fiblet, therapeutic to reduce the emotional impact of the intervention being labelled as lie telling. In this presentation, Dr Jane Murray will argue that lie telling is an effective and person centred intervention that can be used to maintain and support personhood in a compassionate and kind manner. A taxonomy of Lies will be used to help the audience to think about the language used around lie telling and how they might start to consider their own practice. The Lie ARM (Affective Reflective Model) will be used to demonstrate the importance of reflection on action and in action. There will be discussion around how Dr Murray’s research is challenging historical thinking around telling lies to people with moderate to severe dementia and how it can be used to meet the needs of people who often have time shifted reality.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • Communication strategies for use in practice will be shared and discussed
  • The importance of discussing difficult topics such as telling lies, whilst considering the impact on the teller as well as the receiver
  • That reflection in practice and on practice is essential for all health care providers
  • Motivation and genuineness underpin all aspects of communication
  • People will feel more confident when communicating with people with moderate to severe dementia


Dr. Jane Murray is an Assistant Professor at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Her main interests are older persons mental health, particularly dementia and its’ associated issues, multimorbidity and frailty. She teaches these topics in the UK, China, and Singapore. Dr Murray also has extensive experience teaching these topics into Borneo and Malaysia. She is currently Programme Lead for a Pre-registration nursing programme at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Programme Director for a Bachelor of Science, Nursing, at Kaplan Singapore. She also has a keen interest in Nursing Ethics, which she leads on in the Kaplan programme.