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Music Therapy Protocol in Ambulatory Surgery Found Beneficial

August 21, 2015 12:50 PM


Jaclyn Bradley Palmer and Deforia Lane, board certified music therapists affiliated with University Hospitals Case Medical Center along with colleagues at Case Western Reserve University and Geisinger Health System published a study in the current issue of Journal of Clinical Oncology examining the use of a music therapist-facilitated perioperative protocol on outcomes among oncology patients undergoing ambulatory breast surgery. The randomized controlled trial (n=207) studied the effect of a preoperative music therapist brief intervention with intraoperative recorded music or usual care on anxiety, anesthesia requirements, recovery time, and patient reported satisfaction in women.  Overall, the two-year study out of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center found that music therapy lessened anxiety for women undergoing surgical breast biopsies for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Bradley Palmer, J., Lane, D., Mayo, D., Schluchter, M., & Leeming, R. (2015). Effects of Music Therapy on Anesthesia Requirements and Anxiety in Women Undergoing Ambulatory Breast Surgery for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.59.6049