An Evaluation of Shared Reading Groups for Adults Living with Dementia: Preliminary Findings

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/601052
Title:
An Evaluation of Shared Reading Groups for Adults Living with Dementia: Preliminary Findings
Authors:
Longden, Eleanor; Davis, Philip; Carroll, Janine; Billington, Josie; Kinderman, Peter
Abstract:
Purpose – Although there is a growing evidence base for the value of psychosocial and arts based strategies for enhancing wellbeing amongst adults living with dementia, relatively little attention has been paid to literature-based interventions. This service evaluation assesses the impact of Shared Reading (SR) groups, a programme developed and implemented by The Reader Organisation, on quality of life for care home residents with mild/moderate dementia. Design/methodology/approach – Thirty one individuals were recruited from four care homes, which were randomly assigned to either reading-waiting groups (three months reading, followed by three months no reading) or waiting-reading groups (three months no reading, followed by three months reading). Quality of life was assessed by the DEMQOLProxy and psychopathological symptoms were assessed by the NPI-Q. Findings – Compared to the waiting condition, the positive effects of SR on quality of life were demonstrated at the commencement of the reading groups and were maintained once the activity ended. Low levels of baseline symptoms prevented analyses on whether the intervention impacted on the clinical signs of dementia. Limitations – Limitations included the small sample and lack of control for confounding variables. Originality/value – The therapeutic potential of reading groups is discussed as a positive and practical intervention for older adults living with dementia.
Affiliation:
CRILS (Davis, P and Billington, J), The University of Liverpool (Longden, E and Kinderman, P) and The University of Chester (Carroll, J)
Citation:
Longden, E., Davis, P., Carroll, J., Billington, J., & Kinderman, P. (2016). An evaluation of shared reading groups for adults living with dementia: preliminary findings. Journal of Public Mental Health, 15(2), 75-82. doi: doi:10.1108/JPMH-06-2015-0023
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Journal of Public Mental Health
Publication Date:
2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/601052
DOI:
10.1108/JPMH-06-2015-0023
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLongden, Eleanoren
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Philipen
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Janineen
dc.contributor.authorBillington, Josieen
dc.contributor.authorKinderman, Peteren
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-09T17:32:57Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-09T17:32:57Zen
dc.date.issued2016en
dc.identifier.citationLongden, E., Davis, P., Carroll, J., Billington, J., & Kinderman, P. (2016). An evaluation of shared reading groups for adults living with dementia: preliminary findings. Journal of Public Mental Health, 15(2), 75-82. doi: doi:10.1108/JPMH-06-2015-0023en
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/JPMH-06-2015-0023en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/601052en
dc.description.abstractPurpose – Although there is a growing evidence base for the value of psychosocial and arts based strategies for enhancing wellbeing amongst adults living with dementia, relatively little attention has been paid to literature-based interventions. This service evaluation assesses the impact of Shared Reading (SR) groups, a programme developed and implemented by The Reader Organisation, on quality of life for care home residents with mild/moderate dementia. Design/methodology/approach – Thirty one individuals were recruited from four care homes, which were randomly assigned to either reading-waiting groups (three months reading, followed by three months no reading) or waiting-reading groups (three months no reading, followed by three months reading). Quality of life was assessed by the DEMQOLProxy and psychopathological symptoms were assessed by the NPI-Q. Findings – Compared to the waiting condition, the positive effects of SR on quality of life were demonstrated at the commencement of the reading groups and were maintained once the activity ended. Low levels of baseline symptoms prevented analyses on whether the intervention impacted on the clinical signs of dementia. Limitations – Limitations included the small sample and lack of control for confounding variables. Originality/value – The therapeutic potential of reading groups is discussed as a positive and practical intervention for older adults living with dementia.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectDementiaen
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen
dc.subjectReading Therapyen
dc.titleAn Evaluation of Shared Reading Groups for Adults Living with Dementia: Preliminary Findingsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCRILS (Davis, P and Billington, J), The University of Liverpool (Longden, E and Kinderman, P) and The University of Chester (Carroll, J)en
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Public Mental Healthen
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