Date of Award
Master of Music
Music therapy, Alzheimer's dementia, hospice, assessment, co-treatment
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) display symptoms that cause disturbances in memory, learning, language, motor ability, and behavior. Hospice medical professionals frequently experience difficulty when performing any treatment physical in nature, such as conducting a physical assessment, changing a wound dressing and wound care, and administering medications, since patients with (AD) often exhibit symptoms of agitation, anxiety, and combative behaviors before and during procedures. In addition, complex communication and cognitive impairments cause challenges with assessment and intervention planning. Music as a complex auditory modality can enhance state of alertness, physical movement, facial expressions, physiological responses (e.g., heart rate), and communication consequently improving assessment and treatment. This paper presents a collaboration of a music therapist with nurses to investigate the effects of collaborating professions co-treating versus standard care alone on people diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer's dementia on measures of consciousness, affect, cognition, verbal response, and agitation within a hospice setting. In addition, this project provides guidelines on the education of RNs on the application of music in their practice and an overview of hospice services, etiology and physiology of Alzheimer’s disease, development of hospice music therapy, and thorough research of music therapy interventions.
Akmuradova, Kamilla, "Potential Implications for Music Therapy on Nursing Assessment of Patients with Dementia in Hospice" (2019). Master's Theses. 5090.