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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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CUSTODIO, Nilton; MONTESINOS, Rosa  and  VALERIANO-LORENZO, Elizabeth. Music therapy in the management of cognitive, psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia: A narrative review. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2017, vol.80, n.2, pp.111-124. ISSN 0034-8597.

The comprehensive treatment of a patient with dementia includes management of cognitive, psychological and behavioral symptoms, and the preservation of adequate levels of functionality. Pharmacological strategies have demonstrated a marginal benefit with adverse events that limit optimal doses, and decrease treatment adherence. Music therapy is a non-pharmacological strategy that could slightly improve some cognitive aspects such as autobiographical memory; further evidence indicates that it could also generate a modest decrement of concomitant anxiety, agitation and depression Additional studies are required, however, with larger patient samples and better methodological designs.

Keywords : Agitation; behavior; cognition; dementia; music.

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