Tactile Low Frequency Vibration in Dementia Management: A Scoping Review Protocol


International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health




Dementia is a growing issue in modern society. Non-pharmacological interventions such as music are suggested as the primary methods for symptom management. Therapeutic potential may also be found in sound/mechanical low frequency vibrations (LFV) that share the core characteristics of music, but these are lesser understood. The aim of the proposed scoping review is to explore the responses of persons with dementia to LFV, e.g., vibroacoustic therapy or whole-body vibration. The scoping review will follow the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology guidelines. An extensive search in BMC, CINAHL, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, ERIC, MEDLINE (OvidSP), Pedro, ProQuest Central, PsycINFO, Scopus, Web of Science, and grey literature sources in Clinical Trials, Current Controlled Trials, Google Scholar, and manual search of relevant journals is planned to find all relevant research papers. The paper selection, full-text assessment, and data extraction will be performed by two independent reviewers. Participants' responses to the interventions and the experiment designs, including methodological challenges, will be analysed and compared. Results may highlight potential gaps in reporting and comparing sound and mechanical vibration approaches and promote better understanding of their potential for managing the symptoms of dementia. Furthermore, the possible relationships between LFV and music-based interventions may become clearer.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Music and Healing; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Sound Healing; Symptom Management; Vibroacoustic Therapy

Indexed Terms

Dementia; Physical Therapy Modalities; Research Design; Systematic Reviews as Topic; Vibration; dementia; low frequency vibration; mechanical vibration; music interventions; sound vibration; vibroacoustic

Study Type

Systematic Review; Quantitative Methods

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