Curto Prieto 2015

Current Status of Trial
Study Aim
Treatment Dementia
Study Design
Intervention type
Music Therapy//Reminiscence
Dosage and Duration
Music therapy or reminiscence 12 sessions, 2 sessions per week
Absolute Number of Participants
Health Status/Diagnosis
Unit of Allocation and/or Setting
Long Term Care Setting
Results publication date
September 2015
Primary outcomes
Cognitive function by Brief Interview Mental Status (BIMS); Mood by Observed Emotion Scale (OERS); Observations of the therapists; Video analysis
Key Points
The study found that "individuals involved in the music therapy group had a gradual increase in cognitive scores (attention, memory, temporal orientation) throughout the duration of the study, while the recreation/reminiscing group decreased. The score of the participants in both groups indicate a more positive mood before and after the sessions and a noticeable increase in interaction between participants. Behaviors and apathy also decreased in the advanced dementia musictherapy group." The conclusion was that "music therapy seems to contribute to maintain and improve cognitive, behavioral and socio-emotional aspects of older people with dementia in moderate to advanced stages to a higher level than reminiscence-recreation." Record information taken from the abstract.