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Letters Managing neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia

Music as a person centred intervention for dementia

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 01 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o518
  1. Laura M Bolton, music therapist, older people mental health1,
  2. Jessica Jiang, research psychologist2,
  3. Jason D Warren, professor of neurology2
  1. 1NHS Lothian Arts Therapies Service, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Dementia Research Centre, University College London, London, UK
  1. jason.warren{at}

In their review of person centred interventions for managing neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia, Watt and colleagues do not foreground an intervention of high relevance to many people living with the disease: music.1

Evidence from meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials23 suggests that music based therapeutic interventions in dementia can reduce depressive symptoms and ameliorate …

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