The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is 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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    Review of music therapy for end-of-life care

    This Cochrane review examined the effects of music therapy on end-of-life care.

    First, the details.

    • 5 studies in 175 participants were included in the review.

    And, the results.

    • A limited number of studies suggest music therapy might make a positive contribution to quality of life of people in end-of-life care.
    • There was a lack of strong evidence supporting the effect of music therapy on pain or anxiety based on 2 small studies.
    • There were insufficient data to examine the effect of music therapy on other physical, psychological, or social outcomes.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, there’s a need for more and better-designed studies in this field.

    For balance, others report that it’s beneficial to the patients and even cost-effective.

    1/22/10 20:59 JR

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