Effect of Musical Intervention in the Treatment of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Problems in Patients with Dementia
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
As the number of demented patients is growing rapidly and pharmacological intervention is not always effective, more research is needed on non-pharmacological interventions, including music.
Previous meta-analyses have not been able to determine if music interventions have a positive effect on behavioral, cognitive, and psychological problems of demented patients. The purpose of this review was to update earlier findings and investigate the extent to which music intervention is effective in the treatment of demented patients. Eighteen studies were included in this meta-analysis, with a total of 533 dementia patients. Both pretest-posttest and controlexperimental group design studies were included, but analyzed separately. The mean effect sizes across these studies were computed and compared. However, the reach of meta-analysis was found to be limited, because a large proportion of music intervention studies have poor methodological quality, and reasonable inclusion criteria leave small samples of studies. We conclude that meta-analyses need to include unpublished studies with larger groups of participants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 20 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-46609DiVA: diva2:439400
Madison, Guy, Professor
Olofsson, Åke, Docent