Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in ELderly care (MIDDEL):

International multicentre cluster-randomised controlled trial

MIDDEL is an international project hosted by GAMUT – The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, a twin center collaboration between NORCE Norwegian Research Centre and University of Bergen, which links the pioneering Australian study site with study sites in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.


MIDDEL is a multinational pragmatic cluster-randomised trial to determine the effectiveness of two music-based approaches (group music therapy, recreational choir singing) for reducing depression symptoms in people living with dementia, and to examine mechanisms and heterogeneity of treatment effects.

Period: from November 2017 to April 2023 Identifier: NCT03496675

Published protocol: Gold, C., Eickholt, J., Assmus J., Stige, B., Wake, J.D., Baker, F., . . . Geretsegger, M. (2019). Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in ELderly care (MIDDEL): Protocol and statistical analysis plan for a multinational cluster-randomised trial. BMJ Open, 9, e023436. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023436


The EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) is the largest global research initiative aimed at tackling the challenge of neurodegenerative diseases. JPND aims to increase coordinated investment between participating countries in research aimed at finding causes, developing cures, and identifying appropriate ways to care for those with neurodegenerative diseases -


The core team at GAMUT, NORCE, are:

Collaborating institutions and individuals:

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