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Effects of group music intervention on behavioral and psychological symptoms in patients with dementia: a pilot-controlled trial


Choi, Ae-Na, Lee, Myeong Soo, Cheong, Kwang-Jo, Lee, Jung-Sook


The International Journal Of Neuroscience, Volume: 119, No.: 4, Pages.: 471-481

Year of Publication



We investigated the effects of group music intervention on behavioral and psychological symptoms in patients with dementia. Twenty patients were nonrandomly allocated to either a music-intervention group, or an usual care group. The music-intervention group received 50 minutes of music intervention 3 times per week for 5 consecutive weeks. After 15 sessions, the music-intervention group showed significant in improvement with regard to agitation, and the total scores of both patients and caregivers were lower, compared with the control group. These findings suggest that music can improve behavioral and psychological symptoms, especially in patients with dementia and their caregivers.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Choi_2009, doi = {10.1080/00207450802328136}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {jan}, publisher = {Informa {UK} Limited}, volume = {119}, number = {4}, pages = {471--481}, author = {Ae-Na Choi and Myeong Soo Lee and Kwang-Jo Cheong and Jung-Sook Lee}, title = {Effects of Group Music Intervention on Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms in Patients with Dementia: A Pilot-Controlled Trial}, journal = {International Journal of Neuroscience} }


aged, caregivers, dementia, female, geriatric assessment, humans, male, music therapy, neuropsychological tests, pilot projects, psychology, psychomotor agitation, psychotherapy group, questionnaires, therapy

Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy)