A Randomized Controlled Trial Exploring the Effect of Music on Quality of Life and Depression in Older People with Dementia

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Title A Randomized Controlled Trial Exploring the Effect of Music on Quality of Life and Depression in Older People with Dementia
Author Cooke, Marie Louise; Moyle, Wendy; Shum, David; Harrison, Scott David; Murfield, Jennifer Elaine
Journal Name Journal of Health Psychology
Editor David Marks
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract This randomized controlled trial investigated the effect of live music on quality of life and depression in 47 older people with dementia using the Dementia Quality of Life and Geriatric Depression Scale. The control/reading group reported higher mid-point feelings of belonging than the music group (F(1, 45) = 6.672, p < .05). Sub-analyses of ≥ 50 per cent music session attendance found improvements in self-esteem over time (F(2, 46) = 4.471, p < .05). Participants with scores that were suggestive of increased depressive symptoms had fewer depressive symptoms over time (F(2, 22) = 8.129, p < .01). Findings suggest music and reading activities can improve self-esteem, belonging and depression in some older people with dementia.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105310368188
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 15
Issue Number 5
Page from 765
Page to 776
ISSN 1359-1053
Date Accessioned 2010-08-23
Date Available 2011-07-26T09:28:59Z
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/10072/34150
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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