Narratives of health and illness: Arts-based research capturing the lived experience of dementia.

This paper by Moss and O’Neill (2017) has two main purposes. It presents the residencies of three artists in a geriatric medicine unit in a hospital in Dublin, ROI. These residencies were initiated to create new artistic work that would promote greater understanding of the lived experience of persons with dementia and their experience of using services. Arts-based research methodologies were adopted and this approach is presented and the benefits explored. In each of the three residencies, the artists engaged with eight people with dementia, their family carers and hospital staff and the format that the residencies took is described. The paper summarises the results of the residencies under three headings: creation of original art works of high artistic quality; opportunities for increasing understanding and public awareness of dementia; creation of artworks that have an ongoing role as a tool for students to learn about dementia. The authors discuss the challenges and issues that arise when artists are brought into a medical setting, and also the contribution that arts-based research can make.
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Narratives of health and illness: Arts-based research capturing the lived experience of dementia.
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2017
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Moss, H. and O’Neill, D., 2017. Narratives of health and illness: Arts-based research capturing the lived experience of dementia. Dementia, p.1471301217736163