Creative interventions, imaginative research: using mixed methods to study the arts and dementia

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The arts and dementia is a vibrant and multidisciplinary area of healthcare research, policy and practice. Uniquely situated at the intersection of various academic disciplines, paradigms and traditions, what tools and approaches are most effective for understanding this diverse and burgeoning field? This chapter explores how the arts and dementia evidence base has been strengthened by blending methodological approaches from the humanities and sciences to demonstrate how arts interventions can benefit people with dementia. In what ways can researchers identify, ‘measure’ and communicate the impact, effectiveness and outcomes of arts interventions for people with dementia? How can researchers reconcile scientific rigour with creative understandings and person-centred insights? By combining mutually enhancing methods, it is possible to generate multidisciplinary findings that are as robust as they are rich.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArts based health care research : a multidisciplinary perspective
EditorsKathryn Hinsliff-Smith, Julie McGarry, Parveen Ali
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)9783030944223
ISBN (Electronic)9783030944230
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Arts
  • Dementia
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Methodology
  • Taxonomy


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