Development of a music intervention protocol and its effect on participant engagement: Experiences from a randomised controlled trial with older people with dementia

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Title Development of a music intervention protocol and its effect on participant engagement: Experiences from a randomised controlled trial with older people with dementia
Author Harrison, Scott David; Cooke, Marie Louise; Moyle, Wendy; Shum, David; Murfield, Jennifer Elaine
Journal Name Arts & Health
Editor Paul Camic, Stephen Clift, Judy Rollins
Year Published 2010
Place of publication UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Objectives: Develop and implement a music intervention protocol for use with older people with dementia and explore its effect on engagement. Design: A randomised cross-over trial with music intervention and reading control groups. Methods: A music protocol was developed through research team expertise, discussions with facility staff and musicians, practice session feedback and participants' musical preferences. A participant engagement observation checklist was devised to monitor levels of engagement. Results: Participants became more actively (F(2,68) = 5.279, p < .01) and passively (F(2,68) = 4.250, p < .05) engaged in song-singing over time. There was no increase in engagement during the reading control sessions over time. Conclusions: The method by which the music protocol was developed offers a framework and an example for similar, controlled trials. The participant engagement observation checklist also provides an exemplar of how engagement may be captured and illustrates the importance of using one, given participants became more engaged during song-singing.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2010.490839
Volume 2
Issue Number 2
Page from 125
Page to 139
ISSN 1753-3015
Date Accessioned 2010-08-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Behavioural Basis of Health; Griffith Health Institute; Griffith Institute for Educational Research; Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34074
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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