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Is music the best medicine? Using prescribed music to enhance quality of life for people with dementia and their carer

One of a series of reports which forms part of the PROP Practitioner Research Programme, a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and IRISS that was about health and social care for older people.

The purpose of this practitioner research was to test: if (preferred) music was prescribed daily to a person with dementia using an MP3 player and headphones could this impact positively on their mood/well being and would this have a positive impact on the carer. Five couples took part in he study and all completed it.

Janice Caine
Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)