Dr Karen Watson is an aged care clinician and academic focused on the care needs of older people in a variety of health settings. She is also registered nurse with a background in naturopathy her research has examined complementary therapy interventions for the behavioural management of older people with and without dementia. Dr Watson is particularly interested in supporting the care needs of older people challenged by changes in cognition that can occur with healthy ageing and dementia.
Dr Watson holds an adjunct research fellow position with the MARCs Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Development where she is assisting the Time Travelling with Technology project team to investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of Google Liquid Galaxy and web resources as an intervention for reducing behavioural and psychological symptoms of people with dementia.
Dr Watson currently holds an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer position where she coordinates and teaches aged care.
- Reminiscence therapy
- Aged care
- Complementary therapies
- Aged Care
- Optimising Care in Chronic Conditions
- Primary Health Care
Watson, K, Hatcher, D & Good, A 2019, 'A randomised controlled trial of Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) and Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) essential oils for the treatment of agitated behaviour in older people with and without dementia', COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE, vol. 42, pp. 366-373.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Watson, K, Chang, E & Johnson, A 2012, 'The efficacy of complementary therapies for agitation among older people in residential care facilities: a systematic review', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, vol. 10, no. 53, pp. 3414-3486.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Watson, K & McNally, S 2013, 'Understanding the ageing process : pharmacology and complementary therapies' in Caring for Older People in Australia Principles for Nursing Practice, pp. 171-202.
In recognition that clinical competencies and ?issues? do not occur in isolation, the text integrates the most up-to-date multidisciplinary research and policy with the practical realities of caring for older people.
Watson, KM 2013, 'Complementary therapies' in Living with Dementia A Practical Guide for Families and Personal Carers, Australian Council for Educational.
The book's contributors represent academics, practicing nurses, aged care professionals, and family advocates.
Watson, KM 2017, 'Lavandula Angustifolia and Melissa Officinalis for the agitation management in older adults : a mixed methods study'.
Purpose: This study was completed to provide evidence of effect for Lavender Angustifolia (Lavender) and Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) essential oils as agitation managements for older people with and without a dementia diagnosis living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs). This research further sought to explore nurse understanding of agitation management and the viability for nurse administered essential oils for behaviour management in residents living in RACFs.
Method: The research was a three-phase sequential design consisting of two phases of semi-structured nurse interviews and a single blind randomised controlled trial [RCT]. Phase I involved semi-structured interviews conducted with 11 nurse participants, focusing on their understanding of agitation management, including the use of essential oils, and their understanding of and attitudes toward the conduct of research in the RACF environment. Findings influenced pre-trial nurse education, timing of intervention and data collection procedures of the Phase II RCT to best support the nurse and the success of the research. Phase II consisted of a 2x3 factorial design single blind RCT that investigated 49 residents with a history of agitation. Participants were allocated to group 1 residents with a dementia diagnosis or group 2 residents without dementia, as determined by their MMSE score or dementia diagnosis. Each resident was randomised within the group to a treatment sequence of Lavender, Lemon Balm or placebo Sunflower oil using a computerised random number generator. All residents received all treatments and as such acted as their own control. The trial was conducted over a 10-week period with residents receiving two drops of the assigned treatment oil daily for two weeks followed by a two-week washout period before commencing the consecutive treatment. Post trial, Phase III, involved semi structured interviews conducted with 10 nurses to identify perceived changes in agitation identified on t...