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Participatory community-based arts for older people living with dementia in the community: how are they evaluated? A scoping review


Bazooband, A and Courtney-Pratt, H and Doherty, K, Participatory community-based arts for older people living with dementia in the community: how are they evaluated? A scoping review, Geriatric Care, 7, (1) Article 9470. ISSN 2465-1109 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.4081/gc.2021.9470


Although the interests in participative arts for people living with a dementia has increased over the last decade, what is yet to be reviewed is how participatory community- based arts activities for this group of people are evaluated. The overall aim of the following scoping review is to understand the scope of measurement/evaluation methods/approaches used in studies that recruited participants with dementia from the community (not from health/clinical or residential aged care settings or nursing homes) and delivered community-based participatory arts activities/programs (not art therapy programs) to them. The methodological framework by Arksey and O’Malley (2005) for undertaking a scoping review article was applied to this study. Collation, summarizing and reporting the results was carried out considering the research questions. 7 articles met inclusion/exclusion criteria published from 2013 to 2020. The type of arts activities included co-designs and co-creation of various types of arts (n=1), museum visiting and art-making activities (n=4), artistic education-based program (n=1), group singing (n=1). This scoping review shed light on the paucity of research in which older people living with dementia were recruited from the community (not healthcare/clinical settings) to participate in participatory community- based art activities. Also, the results revealed that evaluation of participatory community-based arts activities for older people living with dementia in the community should include methods/techniques to get a deeper insight into the participants’ values and perspectives and the social interaction benefits of such programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia, arts, community
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Bazooband, A (Dr Azam Bazooband)
UTAS Author:Courtney-Pratt, H (Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt)
UTAS Author:Doherty, K (Dr Kathleen Doherty)
ID Code:143292
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2021-03-10
Last Modified:2021-08-04
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