Delivering a Music Intervention in a Randomized Controlled Trial Involving Older People With Dementia: Musician Experiences and Reflections
Music and Medicine
A qualitative thematic approach was used to explore musicians’ views and experiences of delivering a music intervention and its efficacy for people with dementia in long-term care. Two musicians who delivered the intervention in a randomized controlled trial were interviewed using a semistructured schedule. The data were sorted, categorized, and thematically analyzed. Two themes emerged: design of the protocol and efficacy of the program. Musicians felt that the intervention was appropriately designed, particularly in terms of repertoire selection, session length, incorporation of live and prerecorded music, and use of 2 musicians. They reported seeing improvements in mood, memory, general well-being, and quality of life for persons with dementia, both during and after the session. The findings support a music protocol structure that can be used for randomized controlled trials. They also highlight how standardized assessment tools used in randomized controlled trials can be complemented with qualitative, reflective evidence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Music and Health Institute Terms
Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Cognitive Abilities; Elderly; Interviews; Long-Term Care Facility; Memory; Mood; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Recorded Music Listening; Psychological Outcomes; Quality of Life; Wellness and Well-Being
music intervention; older people; dementia; musicians
Randomized Controlled; Trial; Quantitative Methods
Harrison, Scott; Cooke, Marie; Moyle, Wendy; Shum, David; and Murfield, Jenny, "Delivering a Music Intervention in a Randomized Controlled Trial Involving Older People With Dementia: Musician Experiences and Reflections" (2010). Research on Music and Dementia. 197.