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Australas J Ageing. 2011 Mar;30(1):11-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00439.x.

The effect of Baroque music on behavioural disturbances in patients with dementia.

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Centre for Medical Professional Development, Hunter New England Area Health Service, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.



To study the effect of Baroque music in people with dementia.


Patients in a multicultural dementia-specific aged care facility were subjected to Baroque music in a cross-over study.


There were significantly more behavioural disturbances during the weeks when Baroque music was played compared to control periods (0.2 more episodes per week, P = 0.01), and more episodes in the afternoon shift compared to evening shift (1 more episode per week, P = 0.001).


These results confirm that music can influence behaviour but is contrary to previous results.

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