Hilary is a researcher using electronic healthcare records in the Department of Health and Social Care. She has a background in the arts, but pursued a career change in 2017 when she was awarded the Jost Leuschner MSc Dementia Scholarship at UCL. Previously, Hilary has worked for Alzheimer's Society creating Dementia Friendly Communities, as a Research Assistant at UCL on the IDEA project (Intervention to Reduce Depressive Symptoms in Early Dementia). All views are her own.
Hilary Shepherd appraises and summarises a recent Turkish randomised controlled trial, which explores the effect that music can have on the comfort and anxiety levels of older adults living in a nursing home.
Hilary Shepherd examines a qualitative systematic review that aimed to present all available descriptions of emotional distress and explanations for emotional distress experienced by people with dementia, articulated personally and by others.
Hilary Shepherd reports on a recent paper from the WHELD trial on the impact of person-centred care training and person-centred activities on quality of life, agitation, and antipsychotic use in people with dementia living in nursing homes.
Hilary Shepherd writes her debut blog on a new paper from the WHELD cluster RCT, which looks at the impact of antipsychotic review and psychosocial intervention on health-related quality of life in people with dementia living in care homes.