Caregiver singing and background music in dementia care

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): E Gotell, S Brown, Sirkka-Liisa Ekman
Title: Caregiver singing and background music in dementia care
Journal: WESTERN JOURNAL OF NURSING RESEARCH
Year: 2002
Volume: 24
Issue: 2
Pagination: 195-216
ISSN: 0193-9459
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
City: THOUSAND OAKS
ISI number: 000173909700007
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Health, Science and Mathematics (Institutionen för hälso- och naturvetenskap)
Dept. of Health, Science and Mathematics S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/ihn/
Language: English
Abstract: Caregiver singing and background music were incorporated into the interaction between caregiver and patient, the aim being to illuminate the meaning of verbal communication between persons with severe dementia and their caregivers. In the absence of music, patients communicated with cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with dementia. In these situations, caregivers devoted their verbal communication to narrating and explaining their caring activities to the patient. The patient and caregiver. however had difficulties understanding one another. In the presence of background music, caregivers decreased their verbal instructing rind narrating while the patient communicated with an increased understanding of the situation, both verbally and behaviorally. During caregiver singing, a paradoxical effect was observed such that despite an evident reduction in the amount of verbal narration and description by the caregiver. the patient implicitly understood what was happening.
Subject: Nursing & Caring Sciences\General
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