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Music Therapy

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • A University of Jyväskylä (Finland) randomized controlled trial revealed music therapy, coupled with standard care, is an effective treatment for people suffering from depression.
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  • A Universidade Federal de Goiás (Brazil) controlled clinical study concluded music therapy improves quality of life and blood pressure control in hypertensive patients.
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  • A randomized experimental design study at Taiwan’s National Tainan Institute of Nursing showed music therapy reduced stress, anxiety and depression in pregnant women.
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  • A Temple University (US) systemic review of 23 randomized controlled trials (1461 participants) concluded music therapy may have a beneficial effect on blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, anxiety, and pain in persons with coronary heart disease – but cautions more research is needed.
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  • A Meadville Medical Center (US) experimental study found group drumming music therapy has the potential to modulate specific neuroendocrine and neuroimmune parameters in a direction opposite to that expected with the classic stress response.
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