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Effect of music on pain for home-dwelling persons with dementia


Park, Heeok


Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal Of The American Society Of Pain Management Nurses, Volume: 11, No.: 3, Pages.: 141-147

Year of Publication



The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of music on pain for home-dwelling persons with dementia. A quasiexperimental design was used. Fifteen subjects listened to their preferred music for 30 minutes before peak agitation time, for 2 days per week, followed by no music for 2 weeks. The process was repeated once. The finding of this study showed that mean pain levels after listening to music were significantly lower than before listening to the music (t=2.21, df=28; p < .05). The findings of this pilot study suggest the importance of music intervention to control pain for home-dwelling persons with dementia.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Park_2010, doi = {10.1016/j.pmn.2009.05.004}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {sep}, publisher = {Elsevier {BV}}, volume = {11}, number = {3}, pages = {141--147}, author = {Heeok Park}, title = {Effect of Music on Pain for Home-Dwelling Persons with Dementia}, journal = {Pain Management Nursing} }


aged, 80 and over, analysis of variance, assisted living facilities, attitude to health, complications, dementia, diagnosis, etiology, factor analysis statistical, female, home care services, humans, iowa, levels, male, mental status schedule, methods, music therapy, nursing evaluation research, organization administration, pain, pain measurement, pilot projects, prevention & control, psychology, severity of illness index, treatment outcome

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes



Extra Care Housing

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment, Treatment/prevention of co-morbidities or additional risks

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy)