Museum activities in dementia care: using visual analog scales to measure subjective wellbeing
Johnson, J., Culverwell, A., Hulbert, S., Roberton, M. and Camic, P. 2015. Museum activities in dementia care: using visual analog scales to measure subjective wellbeing. Dementia: The International Journal for Social Research and Practice.
|Authors||Johnson, J., Culverwell, A., Hulbert, S., Roberton, M. and Camic, P.|
Introduction: Previous research has shown that people with dementia and caregivers derive wellbeing-related benefits from viewing art in a group, and that facilitated museum object handling is effective in increasing subjective wellbeing for people with a range of health conditions. The present study quantitatively compared the impact of two museum-based activities and a social activity on the subjective wellbeing of people with dementia and their caregivers.
Methods: A quasi-experimental crossover design was used. People with early to middle stage dementia and caregivers (N = 66) participated in museum object handling, a refreshment break and art-viewing in small groups. Visual analogue scales were used to rate subjective wellbeing pre and post each activity.
Conclusion: Results provide a rationale for considering museum activities as part of a broader psychosocial, relational approach to dementia care and support the use of easy to administer visual analogue scales as a quantitative outcome measure. Further partnership working is also supported between museums and healthcare professionals in the development of non-clinical, community-based programmes for this population.
|Keywords||Arts and health; dementia care; museums; art galleries|
|Journal||Dementia: The International Journal for Social Research and Practice|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1177/1471301215611763|
|13 Oct 2015|
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|Deposited||23 Oct 2015|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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