The effects of preferred music on agitation of older people with dementia in Taiwan

Sung, Huei-Chuan, Chang, Anne M., & Abbey, Jennifer A. (2006) The effects of preferred music on agitation of older people with dementia in Taiwan. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(10), pp. 999-1000.

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Agitation is commonly seen in people with dementia. In Taiwan, the prevalence of agitation in those with dementia is approximately 45% (Chow et al., 2002). Agitation has a negative impact on the physical and psychosocial functions of those with dementia and also increases the burden on caregivers and health care resources. Agitation has traditionally been managed with chemical or physical restraints, but these treatments may cause negative effects. Alternative approaches, such as use of preferred music, would be valuable in managing agitation. While there is some evidence of the benefits of preferred music for people with dementia, further study is needed to overcome the limitations in previous studies (Sung and Chang,2005).

This quasi-experimental study aimed to examine the effects of preferred music on agitation in institutionalized elders with dementia in Taiwan.

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ID Code: 8826
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Dementia, Music, Agitation, Taiwan
DOI: 10.1002/gps.1585
ISSN: 0885-6230
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons
Copyright Statement: The definite version is available on publication at
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 00:10

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