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Evaluation of the Music Engagement Program for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia: Study protocol for a pilot trial

Gulliver, Amelia; Pike, Georgia; Banfield, Michelle; Morse, Alyssa Rhiannon; Katruss, Natasha; Pescud, Melanie; McMaster, Mitchell; Valerius, Harley; West, Susan

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Background Alzheimer's disease and dementia are prevalent conditions globally. People with Alzheimer's disease and dementia commonly experience mental health problems, negative emotional states, and behavioural disturbance. Music therapy has previously been used in this population to improve symptoms of mental health problems; however, there is a paucity of evidence-based programs that also explore positive outcomes such as overall quality of life, social outcomes, as well as the acceptability...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGulliver, Amelia
dc.contributor.authorPike, Georgia
dc.contributor.authorBanfield, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorMorse, Alyssa Rhiannon
dc.contributor.authorKatruss, Natasha
dc.contributor.authorPescud, Melanie
dc.contributor.authorMcMaster, Mitchell
dc.contributor.authorValerius, Harley
dc.contributor.authorWest, Susan
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-16T01:45:37Z
dc.date.available2020-03-16T01:45:37Z
dc.identifier.issn2451-8654
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/202237
dc.description.abstractBackground Alzheimer's disease and dementia are prevalent conditions globally. People with Alzheimer's disease and dementia commonly experience mental health problems, negative emotional states, and behavioural disturbance. Music therapy has previously been used in this population to improve symptoms of mental health problems; however, there is a paucity of evidence-based programs that also explore positive outcomes such as overall quality of life, social outcomes, as well as the acceptability and sustainability of these programs. Aims This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the specialised Music Engagement Program (MEP) in improving quality of life, wellbeing, and depression symptoms, in aged-care residents with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The project also aims to explore how the MEP could be applied and maintained on a broader level throughout the aged-care community. Methods The intervention will take place over 8 weeks in an aged-care facility for people living with dementia in Canberra, Australia. Weekly 45-60-min group singing sessions will be led by a music facilitator. Results The results of the study will be submitted for publication in relevant academic journals and mental health conferences, disseminated to participants on request, to the residential care facility, and via the lead researcher's website. Conclusions This study can provide an indication of the feasibility of the MEP in enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Further investigation will be required to establish the MEP's ability to be maintained on an ongoing basis with minimal costs and administrative support.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project is supported by a 2017 Excellence in Population Health Research Award, Research School of Population Health, ANU (AG, MP), and by funding provided by ACT Health for ACACIA: The ACT Consumer and Carer Mental Health Research Unit. The project is also supported by in-kind resources from the Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU. The lead author (AG) can disseminate the results of this trial without the express permission of the funding bodies. MB is supported by Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Fellowship 1150698.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© 2019 Published by Elsevier Inc.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/
dc.sourceContemporary Clinical Trials Communications
dc.titleEvaluation of the Music Engagement Program for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia: Study protocol for a pilot trial
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume15
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor190408 - Music Therapy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB4407
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.elsevier.com/en-au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGulliver, Amelia, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationPike, Georgia, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBanfield, Michelle, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMorse, Alyssa, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationKatruss, Natasha, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationPescud, Melanie, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcMaster, Mitchell, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationValerius, Harley, Altius Group
local.contributor.affiliationWest, Susan, Charles Sturt University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue100419
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage7
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.conctc.2019.100419
local.identifier.absseo950101 - Music
dc.date.updated2019-11-25T07:42:07Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85069855287
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenance© 2019 Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).
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