A participatory arts programme - Shared experience for family caregivers and care recipients

Nurs Open. 2023 May;10(5):3011-3017. doi: 10.1002/nop2.1547. Epub 2022 Dec 12.


Aim: This study aimed to describe family caregivers of older people's experiences of participatory art interventions, including music, dance and visual arts.

Design: A descriptive qualitative study.

Methods: Thematic interviews were conducted with 12 family caregivers. Qualitative data were analysed with thematic analysis.

Results: The results illustrated the meaning of art groups, which included a shared feeling of togetherness, empowering and activating peer support and a sense of communality. Art groups also represented a hobby, enhancing caregivers' social and mental well-being. The art groups could be described as an art-driven, participatory shared experience. Participatory arts are noteworthy contributors to the well-being of family caregivers and care recipients, especially from peer support and communality. Further research is needed to find out about participants' preferred art-based activities and their impact on their well-being. No patient or public contribution because of inflexibility in the timing of engagement.

Keywords: care recipient; family caregiver; participatory art; qualitative study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Caregivers*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health
  • Music*
  • Psychological Well-Being
  • Qualitative Research