Event Title

How Music Therapy is Used to Reduce Agitation in Dementia Patients

Presenter Information

Kylan Martinelli, Nursing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jean Coffey

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 5:00 PM

Abstract

A review of literature was done to explore the use of music therapy for patients with dementia who experience agitation and, whether or not music therapy is a preferred method to using a pharmacological approach. Agitation is a difficult symptom of dementia to control and can create an unsafe environment. This review used CINHAL database to analyze ten published articles with five chosen for review. These studies chosen were narrowed down by what type of music therapy was implemented, if they were peer reviewed and how the study was set up. The review of literature recommends music therapy for dementia patients including live music with instruments or recorded music to be implemented for preventing agitation. This review focuses on how nursing homes and hospitals need to implement music therapy for the prevention and decreasing episodes of agitation that can lead to violence in dementia patients. Examining the most-up-to-date studies provides the resources and tools for these facilities to combat agitation effectively in dementia patients.

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How Music Therapy is Used to Reduce Agitation in Dementia Patients

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

A review of literature was done to explore the use of music therapy for patients with dementia who experience agitation and, whether or not music therapy is a preferred method to using a pharmacological approach. Agitation is a difficult symptom of dementia to control and can create an unsafe environment. This review used CINHAL database to analyze ten published articles with five chosen for review. These studies chosen were narrowed down by what type of music therapy was implemented, if they were peer reviewed and how the study was set up. The review of literature recommends music therapy for dementia patients including live music with instruments or recorded music to be implemented for preventing agitation. This review focuses on how nursing homes and hospitals need to implement music therapy for the prevention and decreasing episodes of agitation that can lead to violence in dementia patients. Examining the most-up-to-date studies provides the resources and tools for these facilities to combat agitation effectively in dementia patients.