Research around the development of communication strategies in dementia care has had a great importance in the last twenty years. The majority of the studies, carried out in Australia and Great Britain, have highlighted the use of lies in the treatment of people with dementia. Within this stream of research, theoretical constructs have been developed in order to guarantee and implement ethical validity of this type of communication. In order to develop, within the Italian background, "untruthful" ethical communication in dementia care, this study has examined the existing Dementia Orientated Reality construct, originally developed in the English language.
Keywords: Dementia, communication strategies, therapeutic lies, ethics