This Cochrane review examined the effects of music therapy on end-of-life care.

First, the details.

  • 5 studies in 175 participants were included in the review.

And, the results.

  • A limited number of studies suggest music therapy might make a positive contribution to quality of life of people in end-of-life care.
  • There was a lack of strong evidence supporting the effect of music therapy on pain or anxiety based on 2 small studies.
  • There were insufficient data to examine the effect of music therapy on other physical, psychological, or social outcomes.

The bottom line?

The authors concluded, there’s a need for more and better-designed studies in this field.

For balance, others report that it’s beneficial to the patients and even cost-effective.

1/22/10 20:59 JR

Hi, I’m JR

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.