Providing music therapy for people with dementia in an acute mental health setting

Leah Drewitt, Kate Martin, Chris Atkinson, Magdalena Marczak

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As global figures for dementia are set to rise significantly, there has been a shift towards using non-pharmacological interventions such as music therapy to enhance the quality of life for people with the condition. Research into music therapy interventions for this patient group in acute mental health inpatient settings, however, is limited. This article describes a service evaluation that explored whether group music therapy was effective for people with dementia in such settings. Open group music therapy sessions were hosted weekly in two acute wards and the researchers examined the social and behavioural outcomes of participants pre and post-intervention. The results indicated that music therapy significantly improved patient outcomes following participation. The outcome measure developed for this service evaluation was found to be a reliable tool for measuring the effectiveness of music therapy on patient outcomes. [Abstract copyright: © 2022 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number6
Early online date25 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Apr 2022


  • dementia
  • clinical
  • cognitive impairment
  • mental health therapies
  • mental health
  • music therapy
  • complementary therapies
  • mental health inpatients
  • neurology
  • psychosocial interventions


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