SSMTPs will be developed through three interrelated sub-studies:
- systematic literature review looking at the existing evidence on the effect of different music-based interventions in patients with delirium;
- experimental study on music therapy intervention types;
- experimental study on optimal dosage of music therapy
The studies will also explore which delirium symptoms/behaviors to target, the sensitivity of the assessment tools, and practicalities regarding patient recruitment/consent. Data will be collected by literature search in databases, using standardized delirium assessment scales and by videotaping/microanalyzing music therapy sessions.