Environmental Music Therapy: A Pilot Study on the Effects of Music Therapy in a Chemotherapy Infusion Suite

Bernardo Canga, Cho Long Hahm, David Lucido, Michael L. Grossbard, Joanne V. Loewy

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Abstract

Environmental music therapy (EMT) is a noninvasive mind–body intervention that considers the physical, psychological, and cultural needs of patients, caregivers, and staff. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of the effect of EMT on patients, caregivers, and staff revealed that EMT, involving the purposeful use of live music, showed positive effects on stress level and reduced the perception of noise in patients and caregivers when applied in common and treatment areas of the Cancer Center and outpatient infusion facility at a large inner-city hospital. Environmental music therapy attended to the immediate needs of patients and caregivers in a culturally sensitive way both prior to and during treatment. The present study additionally evaluates the effect of EMT’s capacity to alleviate compassion fatigue and stress in oncologists, nurses, and other health professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-230
Number of pages10
JournalMusic & Medicine
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • burnout
  • chemotherapy
  • music medicine
  • music therapy
  • oncology

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