Music interventions can alleviate cancer-related fatigue: a metaanalysis.

TitleMusic interventions can alleviate cancer-related fatigue: a metaanalysis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsQi Y, Lin L, Dong B, Xu E, Bao Z, Qi J, Chen X, Tian L
JournalSupport Care Cancer
Date Published2021 Jan 22

PURPOSE: This study was designed to critically evaluate the effect of music interventions on cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in cancer patients.

METHODS: Seven databases (Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embace, CBM, Wanfang, VIP, and CNKI) were systematically reviewed from inception to June 2020 for randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Two reviewers critically and independently assessed the risk of bias using Cochrane Collaboration criteria and extracted correlated data using the designed form. All analyses were performed with Review Manager 5.3.

RESULTS: A total of 8 qualified studies that included 467 patients (music interventions: 235, control: 232) were included. Cancer patients who completed adjuvant therapy in the music intervention group, especially those with malignant hematological diseases, reported reduced CRF levels compared with patients undergoing routine care. Regardless of the frequencies, music interventions can relieve fatigue in cancer patients. Providing prerecorded music and participating in live music both can mitigate CRF.

CONCLUSIONS: Music interventions can be considered as an alternative therapy for relieving fatigue in cancer patients who are undergoing active treatment or have completed treatment.

Alternate JournalSupport Care Cancer
PubMed ID33481115
Grant List18YJCZH164 / / Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education of China /