Research of Using Multi-Sensory Environments (MSEs) with people with dementia (English)

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K E V I N W. H O P E University of Manchester

H E AT H E R A . WAT E R M A N University of Manchester


This article reports on selected outcomes from a four-year action research study exploring the use of a Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) with older people with dementia. The literature around the use and utility of MSEs is summarized and a study exploring the clinical application of such an environment is described. Issues considered as having utility beyond the study environment are subsequently presented.


Utilizing action research, the clinical application of a Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) in the field of old age psychiatry was explored and developed over a four-year time span. This article reports on factors identified as mediating against its use as reported by clinical staff. Conceptual and theoretical considerations considered of utility beyond the study's context are presented. Expectancy of outcomes, the predilection of individual members of staff to engage in this form of therapy and the influence of an organization's orientation towards such therapy are highlighted as specific areas for attention.


Research; Snoezelen; therapy; utilization



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Dementia, Vol. 3, No. 1, 45-68 (2004)
DOI: 10.1177/1471301204039324
? 2004 SAGE Publications

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