Music Therapy On Quality Of Life

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In my literature review, I posed two research questions. Firstly, does Music Therapy in general improve perceived quality of life? And secondly, does evidence exist that rhythm related interventions are successful in improving health and perceived quality of life? Upon investigating whether Music Therapy generally improves perceived quality of life, I found five studies that clearly affirm that it does. In “Effects of Live Music Therapy Sessions on Quality of Life Indicators, Medications Administered and Hospital Length of Stay for Patients Undergoing Elective Surgical Procedures for Brain,” published in the Journal of Music Therapy in Fall, 2008, Walworth et al. examined the effects of live music therapy on quality of life indicators…show more content…
Results indicated statistically significant differences for 4 of the 6 quality of life measures: anxiety, perception of hospitalization, relaxation, and stress. This indicates that live music therapy using patient-preferred music can be beneficial in improving quality of life indicators in patients undergoing surgical procedures of the brain. Mohammadi et al. published “An evaluation of the effect of group music therapy on stress, anxiety and depression levels in nursing home residents” in the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy in January 2011. The study was a randomized, controlled trial, conducted to evaluate the effect of music therapy on stress, anxiety, and depression levels of a group of the elderly who resided in a nursing home. The experimental group received 10 weeks of daily, 90-minute sessions (which included listening to and creating music). The control group did not. The 21- item Depression Anxiety Stress Scale was used as a pre-and post-intervention measure in each group. Differences in pre- and post-intervention scores indicated significant reductions in mean scores of anxiety (P = .004), stress (P = .001), and depression (P < .001) in the experimental group as compared with the control group (no music), proving that participation in the sessions had improved levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In 2009’s “The Effect of Group Music Therapy
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