March 29, 2022

Effect of music interventions on health-related quality of life

Editor's Note

In this meta-analysis, researchers from Germany and Australia find that music-making and listening interventions are associated with positive changes in health-related quality of life.

The systematic review and meta-analysis included 779 participants from 26 studies.

Music interventions (ie, music listening, music therapy, singing, and gospel music) were linked to significant improvements in mental and physical component summary scores, compared with control groups.

In subgroup analysis, the addition of music to standard treatments for a range of conditions was associated with significant improvements in mental component summary scores, compared with standard treatment alone.

The researchers concluded that music interventions were associated with clinically meaningful improvements in health-related quality of life.

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