Therapeutic Music Research

Research studies show the use of therapeutic music with traditional medical practices and palliative care yields positive results for both the patients and their families. 

The effect of music listening on older adults undergoing cardiovascular surgery
Nursing in Critical Care, Volume 11 Issue 5, Pages 224 - 231, Published Online: 14 Aug 2006

Bedside Musical Care: Applications in Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Neonatal Care 
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, Volume 27 Issue 5, Pages 569 - 575, Published Online: 28 Jul 2006 

Spirituality, psychotherapy and music in palliative cancer care: research projects in psycho-oncology at an oncology center in Switzerland 
Supportive Care in Cancer, Issue Volume 13, Number 12, Pages 961-966, December, 2005

Anxiety during the performance of colonoscopies: modification using music therapy 
European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 16(12):1381-1386, December 2004

Music Versus Distraction for Procedural Pain and Anxiety in Patients With Cancer 
Oncology Nursing Forum, Issue Volume 30, Number 3, Pages 433-440, 2003  

Restoring the Spirit at the End of Life: Music as an Intervention for Oncology Nurses 
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Issue Volume 6, Number 6, Pages 332-336, November-December 2002 

The effects on patient well-being of music listening as a nursing intervention: a review of the literature 
Journal of Clinical Nursing, Volume 9 Issue 5, Pages 668 - 677, Published Online: 24 Dec 2001 

Music Therapy as a Nursing Intervention for Patients Supported by Mechanical Ventilation 
AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute & Critical Care. Complementary and Alternative Therapies. 11(1):128-138, February 2000 

The Lived Experience of Listening to Music While Recovering from Surgery 
Journal of Holistic Nursing, Vol. 18, No. 4, 378-390 (2000)

The Therapeutic Use of Music for Dyspnea and Anxiety in Patients with COPD Who Live at Home 
Journal of Holistic Nursing, Vol. 17, No. 3, 229-250, 1999

Music Therapy: Proposed Physiological Mechanisms and Clinical Implications 
Clinical Nurse Specialist. 11(2):43-50, March 1997

Effect of music therapy on state anxiety in patients undergoing flexible sigmoidoscopy 
Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Volume 37, Number 5 / May, 1994

More articles can be found on the From My Harp website

Information about Endorphin Receptors Research and Entrainment

Biography and Research on Endorphin Receptors by Dr. Candace Pert (2008)

The Principle of Entrainment by Stella Benson, author of The Healing Musician

The Tools of Entrainment by Stella Benson, author of The Healing Musician

An Entrainment Technique: The Iso-Principle by Stella Benson, author of The Healing Musician

News Articles about Therapeutic Musicians and Music

Music as medicine: Docs use tunes as treatment (Researchers explore how melodies can help regulate heart, boost hormones) 
Today msnbc.com, Health article by Bill Briggs (June 2009) 

Hitting the Right Notes to Aid the Ill 
Article from the Washington Post about therapeutic musician Cathy Maglaras (Dec 2008)

Comfort for the Dying 
Article from the Laramie Boomerang about therapeutic musician Alice Freeman (May 2008)