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This international study evaluates the impact of a home-based caregiver-delivered music intervention for people with dementia. The project aims to address the need for improved informal dementia care by training family caregivers to utilise a music intervention with the person they are caring for. The music intervention aims to decrease behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as well as improve quality of life and well being of both people living with dementia and their caregivers. Participants will be allocated into a music intervention group, a reading intervention group or standard care group. In addition, the researchers will seek to determine the cost-effectiveness of using the music intervention.


Clinical Trial Description

This three-arm parallel-group randomised controlled trial will involve 495 couples (cohabiting caregivers and people with dementia) across 5 countries. Caregivers allocated to the music or reading intervention groups will be given three 2-hour training sessions in the allocated intervention. They will be asked to deliver the intervention to the person they are caring for 5x weekly for 3 months. Data will be collected prior to implementing the intervention, during the intervention (via diaries kept by the caregivers), after the last week of implementing the intervention and 3-months after implementing the intervention.

The investigators believe that there will be a significant improvement in behavioural and psychological symptoms for those participants with dementia who receive the music intervention delivered by their caregiver, as compared with the reading intervention or standard care. The researchers will also seek to find out the impact on other aspects of both the person with dementia and their caregiver's quality of life and well being. Additionally, costs associated with the care of the person with dementia will be evaluated to determine cost-effectiveness of delivering a music intervention. ;


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NCT number NCT03907748
Study type Interventional
Source Anglia Ruskin University
Contact Felicity Baker, Professor
Phone +61402172795
Email felicity.baker@unimelb.edu.au
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date June 1, 2019
Completion date June 1, 2022

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