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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    First study of music therapy in organ transplant patients

    Organ transplant recipients experience high levels of anxiety, pain, and nausea.

    Researchers at the University of Minnesota, conducted the first study on the effects of music therapy on solid organ transplant patients.

    First, the details.

    • 58 patients received an individualized 15- to 35-minute music therapy session consisting of live patient-preferred music and therapeutic social interaction.
    • Participants’ ranked their levels of anxiety, relaxation, pain, and nausea on 10-point scales.
    • The researcher observed affect and verbalization.

    And, the results.

    • There were significant improvements in self-reported levels of relaxation, anxiety, pain, and nausea.
    • There were significant increases in positive verbalization and positive affect.
    • All participants reported that they would desire music therapy again during a future long-term hospital stay.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “It seems that music therapy can be a viable psychosocial intervention for hospitalized postoperative solid transplant patients.”

    Too bad there was no placebo group for comparisons. Maybe next time.

    2/13/11 22:56 JR

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