Music therapy in palliative medicine

Support Care Cancer. 2001 May;9(3):156-61. doi: 10.1007/s005200000189.


A partnership between The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and The Cleveland Music School Settlement has resulted in music therapy becoming a standard part of the care in our palliative medicine inpatient unit. This paper describes a music therapy program and its impact on patients, their families, and staff. A service delivery model is suggested for implementation and integration of music therapy within palliative medicine. Specific music therapy interventions, evaluation and documentation techniques are also mentioned. A description of patient and family responses to music therapy, staff satisfaction, and effectiveness of interventions is presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Music Therapy* / methods
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Ohio
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Palliative Care / psychology*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Program Evaluation
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Terminal Care / methods
  • Terminal Care / psychology