The effectiveness of music therapy for terminally ill patients :A meta-analysis and systematic review

The quality of death has increasingly raised concern because of the physical and psychological suffering of patients with advanced disease. Music therapy has been widely used in palliative care; however, its physical and mental effectiveness remains unclear.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research

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Emily's House Children's Hospice (EH) located in Toronto, Canada provides residential hospice services to children living with serious medical conditions. The use of music therapy to ameliorate anxiety and pain is well documented in paediatric patients. Research identifies quality of life as an important area of improvement for families/caregivers with music therapy in paediatric palliative care. Following the program's initial six months, Music Therapy at EH needed to be evaluated for impact.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Music therapy involves the planned, systematic application of music to improve physical and emotional health. The combined use of music and medicine may be traced back to ancient Biblical practices. Music has the power to transform lives and to bring comfort to people in challenging times. For patients receiving palliative care music therapy, if effective, can be an ideal supplement to other treatments as there are no side effects as well as a low cost. Despite these advantages, only 6% hospice programs presently employ music therapists.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
The quality of death has increasingly raised concern because of the physical and psychological suffering of patients with advanced disease. Music therapy has been widely used in palliative care; however, its physical and mental effectiveness remains unclear.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Abstract Pain management in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is a complex and challenging task to accomplish, and effective pain and symptom control improves quality of life. Pain is prevalent in more than 50% of hemodialysis patients and up to 75% of these patients are treated ineffectively due to its poor recognition by providers. A good history for PQRST factors and intensity assessment using visual analog scale are the initial steps in the management of pain followed by involvement of palliative care, patient and family counseling, discussion of treatment options, and correction of reversible causes. First line ...
Source: Hemodialysis International - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
ConclusionsFamily members of patients in palliative medicine and hospice settings reported an immediate positive impact of music therapy on the patient and on themselves. More research needs to be conducted to better understand the benefits of music therapy for family members.
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated the importance of music therapy for addressing symptoms and behaviors of palliative medicine patients. Statistically and clinically significant effects were noted. The most effective interventions were identified. More research needs to be conducted to better understand the benefits of music therapy for palliative medicine patients. PMID: 28274132 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Am J Hosp Palliat Care Source Type: research
Conclusion: Music therapy was found to lower the pain score of a patient who had received standard palliative care for pain reduction. It was also more effective than the act of talking in reducing the pain score. A study with a larger sample size should be undertaken to conclude that, music therapy can be used in addition to morphine and other painkillers to reduce pain as a part of a more holistic approach to palliative care strategies.
Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Relaxation interventions are frequently used to promote symptom relief in palliative care settings, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Relaxation interventions are frequently used to promote symptom relief in palliative care settings, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Relaxation interventions are frequently used to promote symptom relief in palliative care settings, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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