Audun Myskja

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Music-based caregiving has been developed through a dozen projects in the health services from 2000 onwards, including 25 institutions and over 1000 residents in all regions of Norway. Main outcomes have been agitation and depression (quantitative), wellbeing, personhood and environment (qualitative), sick leave, extra medication and family satisfaction (implementation data). The PhD work Integrated music in nursing homes – an approach to dementia care University of Bergen, 2012 gave an evidence base to music-based caregiving, enabling an education programme of health care professionals (n=797, 2012-21). The local results led to the Norwegian Health Directory inaugurating a nationwide implementation programme, sponsoring a systematized implementation of music-based caregiving in all regions of Norway 2015-20.
The presentation will outline
• An overview of the field
• The elements and systematic development of music-based caregiving
• Studies on music-based caregiving (quantitative and qualitative)
• Important points for successful implementation

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