Hilary Shepherd

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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