Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 22:30:19



Honors Course

Nursing Research 8200:435-004

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


Older adults with dementia experience difficulties throughout the progression of the disease, including decreased quality of life and mental health (Weise et al., 2018). Nonpharmacological interventions, such as music therapy and music listening, may be one solution to affect mental health outcomes in this population. The two authors seek to answer the following PICOT formatted question: In older adults, ages 65 and older, with dementia, how does music therapy, compared with treatment as usual, affect depression and anxiety? Twenty primary sources, published from 2014 to 2019, were reviewed and critically appraised. The sources were diverse with regards to country of origin, design, methods, and results. Across studies, findings were inconsistent with some supporting that music therapy or music listening increased quality of life and decreased depression, anxiety, and agitation.

Research Sponsor

Lori Kidd

First Reader

Christine Graor

Second Reader

Diane Brown

Honors Faculty Advisor

Christine Graor



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