A. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2016 Oct 10. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12590
Toccafondi PsyD, Researcher1 | A. Bonacchi PhD, MD, Researcher1,2 | A. Mambrini MD, Oncologist3 | G. Miccinesi MD, Senior Researcher2 | R. Prosseda MM, Professional Musician4 | M. Cantore MD, Oncologist3
- Research Center Synthesis, Florence, Italy
- Clinical and Descriptive Epidemiology Unit, Institute for Cancer Research and Prevention-ISPO, Florence, Italy
- Oncological Department, AUSL 1 Massa Carrara, Massa Carrara, Italy
- Art Director of Donatori di Musica, Massa Carrara, Italy
In Italy a new experience of music medicine called “The Music Givers” is spreading among Oncology Units; it aims to organise weekly live concerts (length 45–60 min) followed by a buffet. Purpose of the present study is to evaluate the effect of the format of The Music Givers on cancer in- patients’ anxiety. State- Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI- Y) was administered to 111 in- patients before and after the concerts. After the concerts we observed a 3.87 point decrease in state anxiety (p < .001) and statistically significant differences in most of the domains assessed by STAI- Y. These results invite a reflection on the importance of offering to inpatients events such as live music concerts, in order to improve their psychological condition during hospitalisation.
KEYWORDS anxiety, cancer, concert, music medicine, oncology.