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More music, less anxiety for the patient with cancer

More music, less anxiety for the patient with cancer


Cancer patients can benefit from music therapy sessions or listening to music.

A new Cochrane systematic review of the Institute shows how the use of music can reduce anxiety in cancer patients, and also have positive effects on mood, pain and quality of life.

Music and music therapy is used in a wide range of clinical settings.

Treatments range from getting patients to listen to recorded music, music therapists to involve patients in musical experiences to improve their psychological and physical.

In the review, the researchers focused on trials of patients with certain cancers, which were offered to participate in music or music therapy sessions.

The scientists analyzed data of 1,891 patients in 30 trials. In 13 trials involving trained therapists, while the remaining 17 trials the patients listened to prerecorded music.

Time and frequency with which patients participated in the sessions varied widely between trials.

The results showed that compared with standard treatments, music reduces anxiety considerably, although some evidence reflected much more beneficial effects than others.

The results also suggested that music therapy can improve quality of life of patients and that benefits the mood and pain, but not depression.

Other small beneficial effects include improvements in heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure.

“Evidence suggests that interventions may be useful music as adjunctive therapy in people with cancer,” says principal investigator of the Department of Joke Bradt Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA).

“The interventions provided by music therapists trained music and listen to prerecorded music, have shown positive results in this review, but this time there is insufficient evidence to determine whether an intervention is more effective than the other,” says Bradt.

The researchers note that the quality of the evidence of some of the results was low due to the small number of trials have been carried out.

Further trials are needed to increase the accuracy of the results and better understanding of the impact of music on emotional stress, the image we have of body, and more.