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Evaluation of the impact on audiences of Inside Out of Mind, research-based theatre for dementia carers

Schneider, Justine M.

Authors

JUSTINE SCHNEIDER justine.schneider@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Mental Health & Social Care



Abstract

Background
Inside Out of Mind is an ethno-drama about dementia carers in hospital, intended to raise awareness of this role, and about dementia care in general. Following a successful premiere in 2013, it was taken on a live tour funded by the Big Lottery through Arts Council England to six cities. This paper explores the impact on audiences consisting largely of professional carers.
Methods
Mixed methods were applied; semi-structured self-completion questionnaires for post-show feedback, and one month later telephone interviews to a stratified sample of respondents. Framework analysis was used to explore the data, paying particular attention to critical comments.
Results
Of the 5,426 people who attended, 19% completed post-show questionnaires. Sixty-four were subsequently interviewed in depth. Both lay and professional audience members expressed heightened awareness of the needs of people with dementia. They expressed greater appreciation of the care process and the challenges faced by the people employed to care for people with dementia in hospitals and other long-term settings.
Conclusions
As research-based theatre this production of Inside Out of Mind afforded an effective medium for knowledge transfer. It engaged audiences with the key issues - including dignity, identity and loss - and enabled them to relate these to their own lives, while encouraging appropriate practical responses.

Citation

Schneider, J. M. (2017). Evaluation of the impact on audiences of Inside Out of Mind, research-based theatre for dementia carers. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 9(3), https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2016.1251475

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 19, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 17, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 20, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 17, 2016
Journal Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice
Print ISSN 1753-3015
Electronic ISSN 1753-3023
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 3
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2016.1251475
Keywords drama, dementia, nursing, theatre, evaluation
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37752
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17533015.2016.1251475
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Arts and Health on 17 November 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17533015.2016.1251475.

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Copyright Statement
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf





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