Effects of music therapy on mood and pain with patients hospitalized for bone marrow transplantation: a randomized effectiveness pilot study

Amanda L. Verstegen, Michael J. Silverman

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Abstract

Patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation (BMT) experience heightened anxiety and depression, which can negatively impact treatment outcomes. Music therapy is a non-invasive method of care that has helped support psychological health. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine whether a single-session of music therapy utilizing patient-preferred live music (PPLM) can improve mood in BMT patients. Participants (N = 13) were randomly assigned to a PPLM or a wait-list control group and completed pre- and posttests in a single session design. Although no result was significant, there were positive changes resultant of PPLM in pain, relaxed/anxious, wide awake/drowsy, and cheerful/depressed in the experimental group. Limitations, implications for clinical practice, and suggestions for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-428
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

Keywords

  • Bone marrow transplant
  • cancer
  • creativity in counseling
  • live music
  • mood
  • music therapy
  • oncology
  • preferred music

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