Principles and features to define and describe arts interventions for people with dementia: a qualitative realist study

Cousins, Emily and Tischler, Victoria and Garabedian, Claire and Dening, Tom (2018) Principles and features to define and describe arts interventions for people with dementia: a qualitative realist study. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice . ISSN 1753-3023

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Abstract

Background: There is currently no consensus regarding the definition and description of arts interventions for people with dementia. Developing a common language of classification will encourage reflection on artistic practice, support the evaluation and improvement of arts interventions, and enable their benefits to be communicated more effectively.

Methods: Using a qualitative framework derived from Taxonomy and Realist methodology, a literature review was undertaken to identify what key principles underpin arts interventions. This analysis was complemented by focus groups and workshops incorporating the lived experience of carers, artists, practitioners and care staff.

Results: Nine principles were identified as elements present in person-centred arts interventions for people with dementia: Animation, Transcendence, Selfhood, Humanity, Expression, Connection, Possibility, Involvement, Awareness.

Conclusions: It is possible to identify the component parts of arts interventions for people with dementia. These principles form an empirical basis for understanding how arts interventions work, while still respecting their individual nature.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/946488
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice on 12/07/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17533015.2018.1490787.
Keywords: Arts; Dementia; Intervention; Principles; Taxonomy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2018.1490787
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 08:46
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:46
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52242

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