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A HOME-based Spousal caregiver-delivered music Intervention for people living with DEmentia: A Randomised Controlled Trial


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Total Funding
€ 2 400 000
Funding Programme
European Countries Involved

Our project aims to address the need for improved informal care by training cohabitating spouse caregivers to implement music interventions that target behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and the quality of life and wellbeing of people with dementia, and of family caregivers. Our international randomised controlled trial involving 495 dyads from Australia, Germany, UK, Poland and Norway, will test the effectiveness of a 3-month home-based music program on the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and quality of life of the person living with dementia, relationship quality between caregiver and person with dementia, and depression, resilience, competence, quality of life of the family caregiver. Our clinical trial will compare the music intervention delivered by family caregivers, with usual care, and with an alternative active intervention (reading).

Project partners

The University of Melbourne
Norwegian Academy of Music
Anglia Ruskin University
University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt
University of Physical Education in Krakow

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