Music in Dementia Assessment Scales
Music in Dementia Assessment Scales (MiDAS) was developed in order to measure observable musical engagement of persons with moderate or advanced dementia who may have limited verbal skills to directly communicate their musical experiences. MiDAS forms are completed by both a music therapist and a staff member who provides daily care to the person on the day of music therapy. This allows us to evaluate whether the changes observed during music therapy sessions are also observable by staff members who were not in the music therapy session but had direct contact with the person on the day.
Music in dementia assessment scales was developed and psychometrically validated in 2013. It is now being translated into several languages including Danish, Norwegian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Since the publication of the MiDAS form in 2014, we have improved the layout of the MiDAS form following the feedback from the clinicians and the researchers who used music in dementia assessment scales for their work. The new forms are downloadable from this website. The MiDAS items are unchanged to maintain the reliability and validity of MiDAS.
It is important that anyone who wants to use music in dementia assessment scales takes time to read and understand the instruction sheet and practice using a MiDAS form before they start using music in dementia assessment scales for clinical and work and for research.