Title

Live and Recorded Group Music Interventions With Active Participation for People With Dementias: A Systematic Review

Journal

Arts & Health

Year

2020

Volume

12

Issue

3

First Page

197

Last Page

220

Abstract

Background: This literature review examined the existing evidence base for the impact of both live and recorded music interventions involving active participation in a dementia population. Methodology: PsycINFO, Medline, CINAHL, Web of Science, PubMed and Cochrane Library were searched and 15 studies met inclusion criteria. Results: There was a positive impact on behavioural and psychological symptoms, quality of life, communication and some aspects of cognitive function; methodological limitations, however, make it difficult to offer firm conclusions. Interventions using recorded music resulted in more consistent positive behavioural and psychological outcomes, whereas interventions using live music reported a benefit to communication and relationships. Conclusions: Although live and recorded music showed benefits, and should be considered in dementia care, the use of different outcome measures made definitive comparisons problematic. In order to better understand mechanisms of change, one future research area should explore how group music interventions affect communication by more closely assessing processes during live and recorded music.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Behavioral State; Cognitive Abilities; Elderly; Live Music Listening; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Neurocognitive Disorders; Psychological Outcomes; Quality of Life; Recorded Music Listening; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Dementia; Communication; dementia; group music; psychological symptoms; quality of life

Study Type

Quantitative Methods; Systematic Review

Disciplines

Psychiatry and Psychology

PubMed ID

31583964

Document Type

Article

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