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Effect of music therapy on anxiety and depression in patients with Alzheimer's type dementia: Randomised, controlled study

by S. Guétin, F. Portet, M. C. Picot, C. Pommié, M. Messaoudi, L. Djabelkir, A. L. Olsen, M. M. Cano, E. Lecourt, J. Touchon show all authors
Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders ()

Abstract

Background/Aims: Numerous studies have indicated the value of music therapy in the management of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. A recent pilot study demonstrated the feasibility and usefulness of a new music therapy technique. The aim of this controlled, randomised study was to assess the effects of this new music therapy technique on anxiety and depression in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer-type dementia. Methods:Methods: This was a single-centre, comparative, controlled, randomised study, with blinded assessment of its results. The duration of follow-up was 24 weeks. The treated group (n = 15) participated in weekly sessions of individual, receptive music therapy. The musical style of the session was chosen by the patient. The validated ‘U’ technique was employed. The control group (n = 15) participated under the same conditions in reading sessions. The principal endpoint, measured at weeks 1, 4, 8, 16 and 24, was the level of anxiety (Hamilton Scale). Changes in the depression score (Geriatric Depression Scale) were also analyzed as a secondary endpoint. Results:Results: Significant improvements in anxiety (p Results:Results: Significant improvements in anxiety (p Results:Results: Significant improvements in anxiety (p Results:Results: Significant improvements in anxiety (p Conclusion:Conclusion: These results confirm the valuable effect of music therapy on anxiety and depression in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. This new music therapy technique is simple to implement and can easily be integrated in a multidisciplinary programme for the management of Alzheimer’s disease. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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