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Research Opportunities in Dance Movement Psychotherapy February 2017


NICE update

Dr Bonnie Meekums writes:

As NICE representative (now resigned after six years), I recently gave feedback on a draft of the following publication:

Guideline scope
Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers

As a result of this, the scope now includes the following:

3.2 Current practice
Current options for managing the cognitive symptoms of dementia include the acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors (donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine) and the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist memantine. Antipsychotics licensed for short-term use (for example risperidone) are options in certain circumstances to manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
In addition, non-pharmacological treatment can help with the symptoms of dementia. These treatments include psychological and cognitive therapies (such as cognitive stimulation therapy), which can be used to improve memory skills in people living with dementia. Alternative therapies such as the therapeutic use of music or dancing, animal-assisted therapy, aromatherapy, massage and multi-sensory stimulation may help with the behavioural symptoms of dementia, and treatment can be tailored to individual needs.

I am delighted to see this inclusion, especially since our Cochrane Systematic Review (Karkou & Meekums) is well underway, of DMT for dementia. We recently presented our research at a day conference in Cambridge, organised by ICRA. The depression review (Meekums, Karkou & Nelson) was published earlier this year.

There is still much to do, including the establishment in people’s minds of the differences between dance and DMP, before our profession receives the recognition it deserves, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step (Lao Tzu). I have dedicated my working life to taking mindful, single steps. It is now time for others to take this forward.

Bonnie Meekums, PhD, Fellow ADMP


Dr. Bonnie Meekums, the ADMP representative for NICE, has let us know that there are two new publications:

Closing the gap priorities for essential change in mental health


Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults treatment and management

Clinical guidelines CG178 Issued: February 2014

Bonnie writes:

You might want to go straight to 9.3.5 on page 220.  Of note on page 221: ‘ arts therapies are currently the only interventions (both psychological and pharmacological) to demonstrate consistent efficacy in the reduction of negative symptoms.’

They go on, of course, to recommend the use of arts therapies at all stages of treatment.




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