A novel approach to support the use of visual methods when researching with people living with dementia

SMITH, Sarah Kate, MOUNTAIN, Gail Ann and HAWKINS, Rebecca Jane (2023). A novel approach to support the use of visual methods when researching with people living with dementia. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 22.

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Accepted methods of enquiry to address qualitative research questions are focus groups and interviews, enabling access to the experiences, opinions, and perspectives of participants. However use of these methods with people with dementia is problematic because this condition can impair verbal communication in addition to other domains. These challenges can have a significant impact when trying to obtain insight from an individual through conversation and discussion. As researchers, we should be creating alternative methods that place equal importance on behaviour that is non-verbal as well as verbal. This contribution highlights the need for the advancement of creative qualitative methods drawing on lessons learned of the benefits and challenges during the development of a novel approach to support the use of visual methods in dementia research. By focussing on all that is retained and done well, emphasising individual strengths and abilities, offers an increasingly prevalent alternative to existing loss-deficit models that have characterised dementia research in the past. This approach highlights the importance and appropriateness of visual methods in enabling meaning and transparency throughout the research process from ethical approval and consent procedures through to the collection, analysis, dissemination, and impact of the research data.

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Additional Information: ** Embargo end date: 29-06-2023 ** From SAGE Publishing via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article starting on 29-06-2023: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ** Peer reviewed: TRUE **Journal IDs: eissn 1609-4069 **Article IDs: publisher-id: 10.1177_16094069231184122 **History: published_online 29-06-2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: participation, ICT, dementia, visual methods, enjoyable activities
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069231184122
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2023 08:04
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 13:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32073

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