A randomized controlled trial exploring the effect of music on quality of life and depression in older people with dementia

M. Cooke, W. Moyle, Ho Keung David Shum, S. Harrison, J. Murfield

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This randomized controlled trial investigated the effect of live music on quality of life and depression in 47 older people with dementia using the Dementia Quality of Life and Geriatric Depression Scale. The control/reading group reported higher mid-point feelings of belonging than the music group (F(1, 45) = 6.672, p <.05). Sub-analyses of ? 50 per cent music session attendance found improvements in self-esteem over time (F(2, 46) = 4.471, p <.05). Participants with scores that were suggestive of increased depressive symptoms had fewer depressive symptoms over time (F(2, 22) = 8.129, p <.01). Findings suggest music and reading activities can improve self-esteem, belonging and depression in some older people with dementia. © 2010 SAGE Publications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-776
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • dementia
  • depression
  • music
  • older people
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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