Project Title: 

Effect of Music and Suggestion for Chronic Pain in Aging Adults: A Randomized Controlled Study

Funding detail: 
NEA Research Grant
Baylor University
Principal Investigator: 
Gary Elkins
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Project summary: 

To support a randomized controlled study examining the effect of music on pain management in older adults. The clinical trial will compare outcomes across older adults in one of three groups: one receiving music alone; another receiving music with guided instructions; and a third (non-arts) group receiving structured attention and standard care. Outcome variables of interest include chronic pain management and sleep. The findings will inform public knowledge about how interventions using music—with or without guided instructions—may offer a non-phamacological treatment option for older adults experiencing pain, by posing minimal risk and burden to patients.