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The contribution of intimate live music performances to the quality of life for persons with dementia


van der Vleuten, Maaike, Visser, Adriaan, Meeuwesen, Ludwien


Patient Education And Counseling, Volume: 89, No.: 3, Pages.: 484-488

Year of Publication



Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the effect of intimate live music performances delivered by professional singers on the quality of life of persons with mild and severe dementia in nursing homes.; Methods: A sample of 54 persons with varying degrees of dementia participated in the study. Complete data sets are available for 45 persons. Using a quasi-experimental design, quality of life was assessed on the dimensions of participation (human contact, care relationship and communication) and mental well-being (positive emotions, negative emotions and communication). Observational rating scales were completed by caregivers and family after the performance.; Results: Intimate live music performances have a positive effect on human contact, care relationships, positive emotions and negative emotions, especially for the mild dementia group. They lead to improved human contact, better communication, more positive and less negative emotions, and an improved relationship between caregiver and receiver.; Conclusion: Intimate live music performances are an inexpensive, non-invasive, feasible way to improve a deteriorating quality of life for persons suffering from dementia. This form of supplementary care may also alleviate the task of caregivers.; Practice Implications: Nursing homes should make more use of intimate live music performances as forms of complementary care.; Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Bibtex Citation

@article{van_der_Vleuten_2012, doi = {10.1016/j.pec.2012.05.012}, url = {}, year = 2012, month = {dec}, publisher = {Elsevier {BV}}, volume = {89}, number = {3}, pages = {484--488}, author = {Maaike van der Vleuten and Adriaan Visser and Ludwien Meeuwesen}, title = {The contribution of intimate live music performances to the quality of life for persons with dementia}, journal = {Patient Education and Counseling} }


affect, aged, aged, 80 and over, caregivers, complementary therapies, dementia, female, homes for the aged, humans, interpersonal relations, male, methods, music therapy, netherlands, nursing, nursing homes, observation, patient participation, patient satisfaction, psychology, quality of life, regression analysis, severity of illness index, therapy, treatment outcome

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Quality of Life of Person With Dementia


Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy)