domingo, 30 de noviembre de 2014

Un artículo sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer en el cine

En Cinemed hemos hablado en numerosas ocasiones de la enfermedad de Alzheimer en el cine, en la televisión, o en docencia. Hoy os quiero presentar un artículo con su correspondiente abstract sobre la representación de esta enfermedad en la gran pantalla. Espero que resulte de vuestro interés:

 2014;18(3):276-80. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2013.837150. Epub 2013 Sep 24.

Dementia in the movies: the clinical picture.



Visual media influence the general public's perceptions and attitudes regarding people with mental conditions. This qualitative study investigates the depiction accuracy of dementia's clinical features in motion pictures.


Using the search terms 'dementia', 'Alzheimer's disease' and 'senility' movies with release dates between January 2000 and March 2012 were sought on the Internet Movie Database. Based on four selection criteria 23 movies were included. Independently, three researchers watched allmovies, scored symptoms, capacities, and behaviors. Scores were discussed and refined during consensus meetings, resulting in a taxonomy of clinical features.


Various features are found, most often cognitive symptoms. Behavioral features are also shown - retiring behavior more than agitation - and various emotions, but physical symptoms are rarely depicted. Capacities are infrequently presented and are unrealistic in several of the movies.


The clinical picture of dementia portrayed in fictional movies is mild and may be misleading.

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