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Music and Physical Activity in Persons With Dementia

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03447444
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 27, 2018
Last Update Posted : September 16, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dagfinn Nåden, Oslo Metropolitan University

Brief Summary:
Fronto lobe dementia constitutes 10-20 % of dementia conditions within younger persons (>65). People with neuronal degeneration in frontal and temporal lobes demonstrate a decline in social conduct, apathy, loss of insight that is gradual and progressive. Family members often experience guilt and shame because of the patients' behavior before institutionalization, and different behavioral disorders will cause great challenges to family caregivers and to staff after institutionalization. Preservation of dignity, both in regards to the person being affected, and their relatives, therefore seem highly relevant both before and after institutionalization.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Dementia Frontal Other: music and physical activity Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a combined intervention of physical activity and music therapy could reduce restlessness, irritability, and aggression among institutionalized people with severe dementia. An exploratory design was used to evaluate a combined intervention of physical activity, music therapy, and in- or outdoors walking daily, systematically implemented for eight weeks for persons with severe dementia in institutional care.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 8 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description: case studies
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Dignity for Persons With Dementia and Signs of Frontotemporal Affection in Institutions.See us and Dance With us
Actual Study Start Date : November 11, 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 27, 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : February 27, 2015

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Arm Intervention/treatment
music and physical activity
An intervention consisting of physical activity, music and walking, was systematically implemented for eight weeks
Other: music and physical activity
This feasibility study focus on promoting a combination of music therapy and physical activity with the primary goal to describe the influence on restlessness, irritability, and aggression in persons with severe stage of dementia with a mixture of symptoms including frontal lobe problems in institutional care. A secondary goal is to investigate the treatment fidelity.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Brøset Violence Checklist [ Time Frame: change from baseline to eight weeks into intervention ]
    The BVC assesses the presence of six observable patient behaviors, namely whether the patient is confused, irritable, boisterous, verbally threatening, physically threatening, and/or attacking objects

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Neuropsychiatric Inventory [ Time Frame: baseline ]
    The Neuropsychiatric Inventory-Questionnaire [NPI-Q] is a clinical instrument for assessing behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:Persons with dementia with symptoms of frontal lobe dementia, who had lived for at least 6 months in a unit special care dementia unit in a nursing home


Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03447444

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Oslo Metropolitan University
Oslo, Norway, 0130
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oslo Metropolitan University
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Principal Investigator: Dagfinn Nåden, PhD Oslo Metropolitan University
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Responsible Party: Dagfinn Nåden, professor, Oslo Metropolitan University Identifier: NCT03447444    
Other Study ID Numbers: Frontallob dementia
First Posted: February 27, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 16, 2020
Last Verified: September 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Dagfinn Nåden, Oslo Metropolitan University:
music therapy
physical activity
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders