The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using music therapy to treat depression

    There’s not much information available, but it appears that music therapy is accepted by patients and improves their mood.

    Reviewers for the Cochrane Library searched the medical literature and found 5 studies worth reviewing.

    • 4 of the 5 studies reported greater reductions in symptoms of depression among those randomly assigned to music therapy compared to standard care.
    • The fifth study reported no significant change in mental state for music therapy compared with standard care.
    • Dropout rates from music therapy conditions were low in all studies.

    The bottom line.
    The authors concluded that because of the small number and poor design of the studies available “it is not possible to be confident about its effectiveness.”

    2/11/08 19:43 JR

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