Poster or Presentation Title

Music therapy as an alternative to pharmacological intervention in patients with anxiety and depression.

Location

Virtual | Room 1

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 2:45 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 2:15 PM

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Music therapy as an alternative to pharmacological intervention in patients with anxiety and depression.

Introduction: Nursing science deals with the holistic care of human beings and the management of patient conditions. Nursing interventions for mental illnesses include pharmacological and non-pharmacological practices. Pharmacological therapy is typically prescribed to treat mental illnesses such as anxiety and can lead to dependency. This could be detrimental to the patient. It is why this research is investigating non-pharmacological interventions such as music therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Although music therapy has been used in cases with patients with anxiety and depression as a supplement to pharmacological therapy, the objective of this literature review is to explore the effectiveness of music therapy as a non-pharmacological intervention and as an alternative treatment in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Furthermore, nursing practice recommendations will be made based on the evidence found.

Method: Review and analyze peer-reviewed literature involving studies on human subjects. Make recommendations based on the literature findings. The literature used in this review will include meta-analyses, qualitative and quantitative research.

Hypothesis: Music therapy is effective in alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Results: The findings from the literature review suggest that music therapy is effective in alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression as a short-term stand-alone therapy. To determine if it can be used as an alternative to pharmacological therapy, further research would have to be done to see if it can be an alternative to pharmacological therapy.

Keywords: Music therapy, alternative intervention, pharmacological therapy

Faculty Mentor(s)

Professor Kristin Shargots
Professor Amanda Pribble
Dr Jennifer Styrsky

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Music therapy as an alternative to pharmacological intervention in patients with anxiety and depression.

Virtual | Room 1

Music therapy as an alternative to pharmacological intervention in patients with anxiety and depression.

Introduction: Nursing science deals with the holistic care of human beings and the management of patient conditions. Nursing interventions for mental illnesses include pharmacological and non-pharmacological practices. Pharmacological therapy is typically prescribed to treat mental illnesses such as anxiety and can lead to dependency. This could be detrimental to the patient. It is why this research is investigating non-pharmacological interventions such as music therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Although music therapy has been used in cases with patients with anxiety and depression as a supplement to pharmacological therapy, the objective of this literature review is to explore the effectiveness of music therapy as a non-pharmacological intervention and as an alternative treatment in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Furthermore, nursing practice recommendations will be made based on the evidence found.

Method: Review and analyze peer-reviewed literature involving studies on human subjects. Make recommendations based on the literature findings. The literature used in this review will include meta-analyses, qualitative and quantitative research.

Hypothesis: Music therapy is effective in alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Results: The findings from the literature review suggest that music therapy is effective in alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression as a short-term stand-alone therapy. To determine if it can be used as an alternative to pharmacological therapy, further research would have to be done to see if it can be an alternative to pharmacological therapy.

Keywords: Music therapy, alternative intervention, pharmacological therapy