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Efficacy of Music Therapy in the Treatment of Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

Efficacy of Music Therapy in the Treatment of Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Dementia ORIGINAL ARTICLE Efficacy of Music Therapy in the Treatment of Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Dementia Alfredo Raglio, MT,*w Giuseppe Bellelli, MD,z Daniela Traficante, PsyD, PhD,y Marta Gianotti, MT,* Maria Chiara Ubezio, MD,* Daniele Villani, MD,* and Marco Trabucchi, MDJz phases. BPSD are usually treated with a pharmacologic Background: Music therapy (MT) has been proposed as valid approach, including the use of neuroleptics, sedatives, approach for behavioral and psychologic symptoms (BPSD) and antidepressants. However, pharmacologic ap- of dementia. However, studies demonstrating the effectiveness proaches are not easy to manage and are often burdened 2,3 of this approach are lacking. by several side effects and complications. In a recent study on 421 patients with Alzheimer disease, 24% of Objective: To assess MT effectiveness in reducing BPSD in patients treated with olanzapine, 16% with quetiapine, subjects with dementia. and 18% with risperidone, discontinued their assigned Method: Fifty-nine persons with dementia were enrolled in this 4 treatment at 36 weeks due to intolerability. A recent study. All of them underwent a multidimensional assessment review by the Cochrane Database claims that the atypical including Mini Mental State Examination, Barthel Index and antipsychotics, although useful in reducing BPSD, are Neuropsychiatry Inventory at enrolment and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders Wolters Kluwer Health

Efficacy of Music Therapy in the Treatment of Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

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ISSN
0893-0341
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1546-4156
DOI
10.1097/WAD.0b013e3181630b6f
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18525288
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Abstract

ORIGINAL ARTICLE Efficacy of Music Therapy in the Treatment of Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Dementia Alfredo Raglio, MT,*w Giuseppe Bellelli, MD,z Daniela Traficante, PsyD, PhD,y Marta Gianotti, MT,* Maria Chiara Ubezio, MD,* Daniele Villani, MD,* and Marco Trabucchi, MDJz phases. BPSD are usually treated with a pharmacologic Background: Music therapy (MT) has been proposed as valid approach, including the use of neuroleptics, sedatives, approach for behavioral and psychologic symptoms (BPSD) and antidepressants. However, pharmacologic ap- of dementia. However, studies demonstrating the effectiveness proaches are not easy to manage and are often burdened 2,3 of this approach are lacking. by several side effects and complications. In a recent study on 421 patients with Alzheimer disease, 24% of Objective: To assess MT effectiveness in reducing BPSD in patients treated with olanzapine, 16% with quetiapine, subjects with dementia. and 18% with risperidone, discontinued their assigned Method: Fifty-nine persons with dementia were enrolled in this 4 treatment at 36 weeks due to intolerability. A recent study. All of them underwent a multidimensional assessment review by the Cochrane Database claims that the atypical including Mini Mental State Examination, Barthel Index and antipsychotics, although useful in reducing BPSD, are Neuropsychiatry Inventory at enrolment and

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Alzheimer Disease & Associated DisordersWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Apr 1, 2008

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