Cancer patients' interest and preferences for music therapy

J Music Ther. 2005 Fall;42(3):185-99. doi: 10.1093/jmt/42.3.185.


The reason for lack of routine integration of music therapy into healthcare may be that patients are not comfortable being involved in a music therapy intervention. Therefore, the goal of this study was to examine cancer patients' interest in and preferences for using 2 types of music therapy interventions, music-making and music listening. Sixty-five patients completed the Music Interest Survey in addition to standardized measures of coping, affect, anxiety, and fatigue. Results suggest adult cancer patients are interested in music therapy, especially music listening. Patient interest and preference were associated with negative affect, anxiety, age, perceived intervention-specific benefits, barriers, and self-efficacy. Findings highlight the need for a comprehensive assessment of patient needs and preferences prior to intervention.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Behavior
  • Choice Behavior
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Music
  • Music Therapy / methods*
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires