Music-intervention programs improve patients' anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue

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A recent meta-analysis sought to ascertain the effectiveness of music therapy to improve anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue in patients with cancer.

This is the first study to assess this effect using a scientific technique. The researchers collected quantitative study designs sought of music intervention for patients with cancer published from 2002 to 2012.

The results demonstrated that music interventions were significantly effective at improving anxiety (g = –0.422), depression (g = –0.510), pain (g = –0.656), and fatigue (g = –0.422) in patients with cancer. The researchers also found that patients’ age and who selected the music influenced its effect on reducing patients’ anxiety.

Music interventions were more effective in adults than in children or adolescents and when the patients chose the music. These study findings offer important factors to consider when planning a music-intervention program for patients with cancer.

The Healing Arts Program at Montefiore employs music therapy for cancer patients.
Music therapy improves anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue in patients with cancer.

The purpose of this study was, using the meta–analysis method, to present a summary of existing research and explore the effectiveness of music intervention in ameliorating anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue in cancer patients.

Music interventions significantly ameliorate anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue in cancer patients, especially adults. Music interventions were more effective in adults than in children or adolescents and more effective when patients, rather than researchers, chose the music.

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