The project aims to develop single session music therapy protocols (SSMTPs) for regulating symptoms of delirium in acutely admitted geriatric patients.
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/behaviours to target, the sensitivity of the assessment tools, and practicalities regarding patient recruitment/consent. Data will be collected by a literature search in databases, using standardized delirium assessment scales and by videotaping/micro analyzing music therapy sessions.
The project is conducted in cooperation with Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål.