Music therapy can be an effective part of palliative care, increasing feelings of relaxation and general wellbeing. AFP Relaxnews pic
Music therapy has been used for over 30 years to successfully ease the symptoms and suffering for patients receiving palliative care, improving the quality of life across all ages and a variety of illnesses. However, few high quality evidence-based studies have existed to support music therapy. A recent trial by a team of researchers from Heidelberg University aims to provide solid evidence on the practice’s impact.
To test the effects of music therapy the team of researchers looked at 84 participants in palliative care. They divided the participants into two groups: one group received music therapy, while the other group was a control group who instead of music therapy underwent a relaxation program. During the trial the group undergoing music therapy received two sessions of live music-based relaxation exercises, while the control group listened to verbal relaxation exercises. Full story.