The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded a feasibility study about life story work with people with dementia which shows how the approach could 'improve outcomes by supporting identity expression, fostering understanding and facilitating person-centred care.' You may access the article here.
More than £400,000 has been spent on the study.
'Through our research we aimed to provide care providers, service planners and policy makers with robust evidence of the costs and potential outcomes of life story work to help improve decision making about the use of this approach.' – Ms Kate Gridley, lead researcher for the Life Stories Work study
A family carer who became an advisor for the study commented on why she chose to take part, saying:
'Life stories with photos and words can be shared together and act as a reminder and give others insight into the person with dementia. This is why I became involved in the project and am pleased that family carers and people with dementia have been involved in the project from the very start.'