Hilary Shepherd

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Hilary 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) and is now working in observational health research using primary and secondary care electronic health records.


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Music to reduce anxiety and increase comfort among older people in care homes


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.

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Emotional distress in dementia: qualitative systematic review


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.

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Person-centred care for dementia: impact on quality of life, agitation and antipsychotic use


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.

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Improving health related quality of life for people with dementia in care 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.

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