Psychosocial outcomes of the creative communications pilot project for people with dementia

Manship, S. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2016) Psychosocial outcomes of the creative communications pilot project for people with dementia. In: 1st International Arts & Dementia Research Conference, 9-10 March 2017, Royal Society for Public Health, London.

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Abstract

This evaluation was designed in order to explore the impact of the Creative Communications pilot
Programme, a six week programme of person‐centred dance, movement and visual arts, on participants at a care home.

Timed observations of 12 participants were conducted as well as five semi-structured interviews with care home staff and the project facilitators. Through the use of observation scales, a number of outcomes were assessed including commitment, creative expression, embodiment, verbal and non‐verbal communication, wellbeing and satisfaction. The interviews assisted in exploring from the professionals’ and facilitators’ perspective the impact of the project in these domains as well as exploring further key themes regarding the experiences of those involved in the programme in terms of quality of life and other related factors.

Quantitative and qualitative analysis of data indicated positive changes in physical, psychological and social wellbeing , including the opportunity to participate in meaningful activities; behavioural improvements; increased mobility, social interaction, confidence, self‐esteem, mood and concentration; and the learning of new skills.

These findings confirm evidence from previous studies about the benefits of non‐pharmacological methods in the care of people with dementia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dancing
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC0521 Dementia
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Miss Sharon Manship
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2018 15:06
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17043

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