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   Psychogeriatria Polska 2006 Vol3 No2
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Title:     Music therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy
             for older persons suffering from depression
Author: Ewelina Dobrzy?ska, Rafa? Wi?cko, Helena Cesarz,
             Joanna Rymaszewska, Andrzej Kiejna
            [case report, in polish]

Background. The article discusses an example of how group therapy, accompanied by music therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, can be used effectively in the treatment of elderly persons with depression. The paper describes the theoretical basis and techniques used in therapy.

Case report. The course of therapy is shown in case studies of four elderly women, outpatients diagnosed with depression, who received 12 weekly group therapy sessions, each 90 minutes long.

Discussion. Music therapy connected with cognitive-behavioral therapy may be a useful method of complementary treatment for elderly with depression, and probably has a positive influence on the patients’ subjective quality of life. However, a study with a larger group of patients is necessary to confirm this hypothesis.

Key words: music therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, elderly, depression


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