Music therapy has beneficial effects for patients with terminal cancer

Music therapy has beneficial effects for patients with terminal cancer

News from UPF and IMIM

The results of the first controlled and randomized clinical trial with 40 patients diagnosed with terminal cancer at the palliative care unit of the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona shows that music therapy (MT) has a positive emotional effect. The patient group treated with music therapy also showed a significant decrease in tiredness and anxiety, as well as an increased level of well-being that was not found in the control group.

The aim of this study was to contribute to the understanding of the emotional effect of music therapy in the context of palliative care. More specifically, the study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a specific MT intervention, a 30-minute session including active and receptive MT techniques, to improve the emotional state of patients with palliative care by analyzing their brain activity in the form of electroencephalography (EEG)

The following scientists were involved in this interdisciplinary research project: Rafael Ramírez, researcher at the Technology Research Group (MTG) of the Department of Information Technology and Communications (DTIC) of the UPF, Josep Planas and Cristina Farriols, medical doctors of the Oncology Service of the Hospital del Mar and researchers at IMIM, and Núria Escudé and Jordi Mercadé from the Catalan Institute of Music Therapy. RF/PRBB


Reference article:
Rafael Ramírez, Josep Planas, Nuria Escudé, Jordi Mercadé, Cristina Farriols (2018), “EEG-Based Analysis of the Emotional Effect of Music Therapy on Palliative Care Cancer Patients”, Frontiers in Psychology, March 3

More information:
UPF website (in Catalan)