Musikens inverkan på personer med demenssjukdom
: En litteraturstudie

Translated title of the thesis: The influence of music on persons with dementia: A literature review
  • Frida Persson
  • Caroline Pålsson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: Each year around 24 000 people are diagnosed with dementia disease in Sweden. Further with the rise in life expectancy, the number of persons affected increases. Dementia results in both psychiatric and physical disabilities in the shape of behavioral and psychiatric symptoms (BPSD) that can lead to problems in daily life. Studies show that music therapy can be one of many options to non-pharmacological treatment for BPSD in people with dementia disease.Purpose: The purpose of this study is to describe how music can influence people with dementia. Method: A literature review was made of ten scientific articles, sought through databases . Ten selected articles were carefully analyzed.Results: The results show that music produced some effects on dementia patients. The music influenced both positively and negatively the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Music individually selected by the patients themselves had a greater effect than the music selected at random. The positive effects of music created a state of mind which led to increased social interaction.Conclusion: Although all patients were not affected by the music, it can be an alternative resource for those that are. Affected the use of music in medical care may reduce the BPSD and raise the state of mind and better social interaction, thus improving SOC in dementia patients.

    Date of Award2010-Aug-13
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorAnn-Marie B. Birgersson (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • music
    • influence
    • dementia
    • bpsd
    • nursing

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