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This study evaluates the effectiveness of two music-based approaches - group music therapy and recreational choir singing - for reducing depression symptoms in people living with dementia. It also examines mechanisms and heterogeneity of treatment effects.


Clinical Trial Description

Dementia and depression are highly prevalent and comorbid conditions in older adults and are associated with individual distress, substantial carer burden, and high societal costs.

Music interventions represent a highly promising type of non-pharmacological interventions for both dementia and depression in older adults. They are widely used, but have yet to be rigorously tested in large trials.

The MIDDEL trial is the largest trial of music interventions to date, and the first to compare different music-based interventions - group music therapy (GMT), and recreational choir singing (RCS) - alone and in combination across countries.

MIDDEL is designed as a large, pragmatic, international cluster-randomised controlled trial with a 2x2 factorial design that will compare the effects of GMT, RCS, both, or neither, for care home residents aged 65 years or older with dementia and depressive symptoms.

Study sites will be located in Australia and in six European countries, and a total of 100 care home units will be randomised to one of the four study conditions. ;


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NCT number NCT03496675
Study type Interventional
Source Uni Research
Contact Monika Geretsegger, PhD
Phone (+47) 46928297
Email monika.geretsegger@uni.no
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date June 1, 2018
Completion date October 1, 2024

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