Music therapy in the treatment of alzheimer: an integrative review

International Journal of Development Research

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Research Article

Music therapy in the treatment of alzheimer: an integrative review

Thaís Andréa de Oliveira Moura, Ladjane do Carmo de Albuquerque Araújo, Liniker Scolfild Rodrigues da Silva, Letícia Ohana Ferreira Sobral, Eliana Lessa Cordeiro, Thaíse Torres de Albuquerque, Clarissa Silva Pimenta, Ana Caroline Alves da Silva and Gardênia Conceição Santos de Souza


Objective: Explain through scientific productions the effects of music therapy in the symptomatic control of Alzheimer's disease. Method: This is an integrative review with time cut from 1998 to 2017, carried out in the database: Web of Science, PubMed, EBSCO Information Service, Scopus, SciELO, BIREME e LILACS, descriptors: art therapy, Alzheimer disease; music therapy, nursing. Through the search question “Music therapy brings beneficial results for patients with Alzheimer's disease”. The articles were carefully analyzed with an adapted instrument considering their methodological characteristics and levels of evidence. Results: Fourteen articles were selected, twelve in foreign journals and two in national journals on complementary therapy and music therapy in the treatment of dementia/Alzheimer's disease. Conclusion: The music therapy is effective in controlling anxiety, agitation and other typical Alzheimer's behavioral symptoms.

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