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Museums, health and wellbeing research: co-developing a new observational method for people with dementia in hospital contexts

Morse, N; Chatterjee, H; (2018) Museums, health and wellbeing research: co-developing a new observational method for people with dementia in hospital contexts. Perspectives in Public Health , 138 (3) pp. 152-159. 10.1177/1757913917737588. Green open access

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Abstract

AIMS: The aim of this article is to present a new observational tool for assessing the impacts of museum object handling for people with moderate-to-severe dementia in hospital settings, focusing on wellbeing, social interaction, level of engagement and agitation. This article presents a four-step approach to collaboration towards co-developing the tool, which involved a range of academics, museums professionals, and health and social care partners, and describes the process of integrating multiple perspectives towards common research methodologies. METHODS: The research team organised a series of meetings and workshops with museum and healthcare partners to identify commonly used assessments and their perspectives on the objectives and possible outcomes of museum object handling activities. These were integrated with findings from a review of current conceptualisations of engagement in people with dementia (PWD) to produce a fit-for-purpose video evaluation method of the health and wellbeing impacts of the museum object handling programmes. RESULTS: This article presents the Museum Engagement Observation Tool for use in hospital settings for people with moderate-to-severe dementia. CONCLUSION: This article suggests that collaborative approaches can inform the development of future methods for creative health research and evaluation initiatives and to support this, it outlines the process of development of a new observational tool for people with dementia.

Type: Article
Title: Museums, health and wellbeing research: co-developing a new observational method for people with dementia in hospital contexts
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1757913917737588
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913917737588
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Royal Society for Public Health 2017. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. - This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: wellbeing, museums and arts for health, collaboration, dementia, observational method
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042752
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