Educational and Life Transitions/ TCELT Research Seminar - June 2022

Identity transitions of people with dementia and their future needs: a narrative portrait approach.


Presenter: Tharin Phenwan

Date: 1 June 2022, 12:00-13:00

Tharin is a lecturer and final year PhD student under the supervision of Prof Judith Sixsmith and Dr Linda McSwiggan at the School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee. His thesis focuses on understanding the initiation and revision of Advance Care Planning amongst people with dementia. His research interests are centred around illness transitions, dementia, palliative and end of life care, quality of life and medical education. Tharin had worked as an assistant professor and GP at the School of Medicine, Walailak University, Thailand, until he joined the University of Dundee in 2021.

In this seminar, Tharin will discuss the use of narrative portrait approach to create a video monologue using verbatim quotes from people with dementia as an alternative method to present the findings. The data was generated from interviews with 13 people with dementia and demonstrated the transitions of their loss of identities and challenges regarding the creation and sustainability of their future plans.