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.
|Authors||Manship, S. and Hatzidimitriadou, E.|
This evaluation was designed in order to explore the impact of the Creative Communications pilot
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.
|Conference||1st International Arts & Dementia Research Conference|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||06 Mar 2018|
|Accepted||28 Jul 2016|
|Completed||09 Mar 2017|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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