Creative Arts Therapy|
How creative arts therapy can be used in nursing practice| NRS-433V|
Creative Arts Therapy
A study was performed in the United Kingdom in 2012 to evaluate the usefulness of creative therapy for dementia patients. Creative therapy can include art, dance, and music, and movement. There is a wide range of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions that can be used with dementia. The use of arts or creative therapy has been proven to be useful with dementia patients. This would be useful in routine health care to help patients with agitation and affected verbal expression also. It has positive effects on mental health, specifically self-esteem, well-being, recovery, and perception of pain. Reminiscence therapy is also effective in improving mood and cognition. This study was carried out in two community units that provided day treatment and inpatient services for patients with dementia. Nurses and support support staff took part in the evaluation. The nurses and staff received a one day training workshop in creative therapy. Therapy was given for 30 minutes, three times weekly. Interventions, and observations were recorded. Photographs were taken to use for future reminiscence. Patients were invited to take part in dance, drama, music, and movement activities. Ethical approval was not required but consent for the project and photographs was obtained from patients or their family members. To maintain anonymity, participants were assigned an identification number. The study was conducted over an eight week period. Information was recorded on attendance, activities, and outcomes of the sessions. The degree of improvement in each participant was recorded during each session. No improvement was zero. Some improvement was one, and marked improvement was two. Activities included dance and use of objects to aid in memory stimulation. The closing session...