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‘Finding the person the disease has’– the case for multisensory environments

Hope, K .W., Easby, R. and Waterman, Heather 2004. ‘Finding the person the disease has’– the case for multisensory environments. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 11 (5) , pp. 554-561. 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2004.00760.x

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Education about, and exposure to, the utilization of a multisensory environment (MSE) was provided to clinical staff as a response to findings from the problem identification stage of an action research study. Feedback was obtained about their experience and perceptions of its use. Through the auspices of focus groups and one-to-one interviews, respondents commented on the impact that using the MSE had on their perception of their clients and on subsequent care. The case is made that MSEs afford an opportunity to impact on care through their mediating influence on formal carers’ perceptions of their clients and, as such represent a significant but as yet unrealized potential for improving the quality of care of older people with dementia.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1351-0126
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:20

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