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.

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    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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    Music therapy for serious mental disorders

    Researchers from Unifob Health in Bergen, Norway reviewed the literature to “examine the benefits of music therapy for people with serious mental disorders.”

    First, the details.

    • All existing prospective studies were combined for a meta-analysis.
    • The influence of study design, type of disorder (psychotic vs. non-psychotic), and number of sessions of music therapy were evaluated.

    And, the results.

    • Music therapy, when added to standard care, has strong and significant effects in the following areas.
      • Global state
      • General symptoms
      • Negative symptoms
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Functioning
      • Musical engagement
    • Significant dose-effect relationships were identified for general, negative, and depressive symptoms, as well as functioning.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “The findings suggest that music therapy is an effective treatment, which helps people with psychotic and non-psychotic severe mental disorders to improve global state, symptoms, and functioning.”

    “Slight improvements can be seen with a few therapy sessions, but longer courses or more frequent sessions are needed to achieve more substantial benefits.”

    3/10/09 21:50 JR

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