Music therapy for reducing agitation and psychotropic medication in nursing home residents with dementia

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Abstract

Dementia is a neurocognitive disease with a high risk of social isolation and agitation due to loss of cognitive functions. In nursing home residents with dementia, agitation is the most significant symptom causing patient distress and care- giver burden. Agitation is described as abuse or aggressive or
inappropriate behaviour. According to a psychosocial model of care, agitation is understood as attempts to communicate psychosocial needs. The prevalence of agitation is predicted by the psychosocial culture of care, and too often symptoms of agitation are treated with psychotropic medication without first trying the efficacy of psychosocial interventions. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of research on the effectiveness of music therapy on agitation and psychotropic medication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication European Journal of Integrative Medicine : European Journal of Integrative Medicine
Volume7
PublisherElsevier
Publication dateSep 2015
EditionSupp. 1
Pages19
ISBN (Electronic)1876-3820
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
EventEuropean Congress for Integrative Medicine: The Future of Comprehensive Patient Care - København, Denmark
Duration: 25 Sep 201527 Sep 2015
Conference number: 8
http://ecim2015.ecim-congress.org/

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Congress for Integrative Medicine
Number8
CountryDenmark
CityKøbenhavn
Period25/09/201527/09/2015
Internet address
SeriesEuropean Journal of Integrative Medicine
Number2
Volume8
ISSN1876-3820

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