Care staff and the creative arts: exploring the context of involving care personnel in arts interventions

Broome, Emma, Dening, Tom, Schneider, Justine M. and Brooker, Dawn (2017) Care staff and the creative arts: exploring the context of involving care personnel in arts interventions. International Psychogeriatrics, 29 (12). pp. 1979-1991. ISSN 1741-203X

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We examined the involvement of care staff in creative arts activities in residential care.

Aspects of involvement which appear to influence outcomes in people with dementia were identified and analysed. A broad systematic literature search of MedLine, EMBASE, PsychInfo, CINAHL, ASSIA, ACOPUS and Web of Science led to the identification of 14 papers. The studies identified through the search process were examined in terms of intervention, context, mechanism and outcome and the relationships between these aspects.


Training sessions were identified as an opportunity to educate care personnel on useful techniques which are relevant to daily care practice. Evidence from the literature suggests that creative arts programmes play a significant role in the way staff and residents interact and as a result influence the care practice of staff. Under certain conditions creative arts programmes, that involve and engage staff, facilitate enhanced interactions and improve care strategies, which leads to the recognition and validation of personhood in residents with dementia.


These findings provide a basis for illustrating which elements of care staff involvement in creative arts programmes could be implemented in residential care contexts in order to have the upmost benefit.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © International Psychogeriatric Association 2017
Keywords: Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Psychosocial Interventions, Residential facilities
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 10:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:04

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