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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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    Benefits of music therapy during kidney dialysis

    Researchers at the Cardinal Tien Hospital, in New Taipei City, Taiwan, explored the use of music during hemodialysis as a complementary therapy to improve overall well-being in elderly patients.

    First, the details.

    • 88 patients on maintenance dialysis were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • Music group: During the first week they created their own music playlists. During the second week they listened to music from their playlists during each dialysis session (3 times/week).
      • Control group
    • The authors evaluated changes in perceived stressors and adverse reactions.
    • They also recorded changes in physiological indices during the course of the music listening.

    And, the results.

    • After 1 week of music therapy there were significant reductions stress and in the frequency and severity of adverse reactions during dialysis.
    • Significantly decreased respiratory rate and increased finger temperature and oxygen saturation were recorded in the music therapy group during the same period.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Listening to music during hemodialysis may promote overall patient well-being. It may thus serve as a complementary form of therapy that facilitates care and delivery of adequate dialysis and thus improves overall patient well-being in the long run.”

    Others have evaluated complementary therapies and reported positive results in patients on dialysis. They include yoga, exercise, and perhaps even religion/spirituality.

    7/14/11 17:30 JR

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