The use of Talking Mats to improve communication and quality of care for people with dementia

Murphy, J., Gray, C. and Cox, S. (2007) The use of Talking Mats to improve communication and quality of care for people with dementia. Housing, Care and Support, 10(3), pp. 21-28. (doi:10.1108/14608790200700018)

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Abstract

Enabling people with dementia to continue to communicate their views, needs and preferences as their condition progresses is essential for development of person‐centred services and care facilities. This paper describes part of a 15‐month research project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It examined the effectiveness of Talking Mats, a low‐technology communication tool, to help people with dementia express their opinions, in comparison with usual communication methods. The study involved 31 people at different stages of dementia who were interviewed about their well‐being under three conditions: unstructured (ordinary) conversation, structured conversation and Talking Mats conversation. The study found that Talking Mats can improve the communication ability of many people at all stages of dementia in expressing their views about their well‐being.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gray, Professor Cindy
Authors: Murphy, J., Gray, C., and Cox, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Housing, Care and Support
Publisher:Emerald
ISSN:1460-8790
ISSN (Online):2042-8375

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