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Using Personalized Music Playlists for Patients With Dementia as a Teaching Innovation

Long, Elizabeth M.; White, Kelli

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000354

Nursing students need innovative educational approaches to bridge generational and cultural differences and improve communication skills with patients who are cognitively impaired. An individualized music and memory intervention for older adults with dementia and communication issues was implemented. A review of weekly student journals provided information regarding the use of the approach as an alternative therapy and benefit for students. The usefulness of the music and memory program as an innovative learning tool has widespread applicability to various health care settings.

About the Authors Elizabeth M. Long, DNP, GNP-BC, CNS, is an associate professor, Lamar University School of Nursing, Beaumont, Texas. Kelli White, MSN, RN-BC, is an instructor, Lamar University School of Nursing. For more information, contact Dr. Long at

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Online date: July 10, 2018

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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