Exploring the efficacy of music in palliative care: a scoping review

Nyashanu, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9231-0393, Ikhile, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-4343-1674 and Pfende, F., 2020. Exploring the efficacy of music in palliative care: a scoping review. Palliative and Supportive Care. ISSN 1478-9515

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Objective: There is an increasing recognition of the significance of music as a complementary therapy in palliative care. Limited studies exist on how music is used as a coping mechanism by palliative care patients. Therefore, the purpose of this scoping review was to explore the efficacy of music interventions for palliative care.

Method: We conducted a literature search between June and November 2019 in the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), British Nursing Index (BNI), and PubMed, which includes MEDLINE. The search identified eight articles which met the inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Results: Using thematic analysis, six themes were synthesied to show how music contributes to palliative care. The six themes include Pain management; Relaxation; Happiness and hope; Anxiety and depression management; Enhanced spirituality; and Improved quality of life. These themes reflect the psychological and emotional benefits palliative care patients derive from music therapies.

Significance of results: Music therapy can be an effective psychosocial approach when managing palliative symptoms through its therapeutic effects on physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Palliative and Supportive Care
Creators: Nyashanu, M., Ikhile, D. and Pfende, F.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 13 October 2020
ISSN: 1478-9515
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Oct 2020 08:32
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:04
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41329

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