November 3, 2021
Patients with cancer saw positive emotional outcomes after attending music therapy sessions via telehealth, Texas researchers found.
Using telehealth for music therapy sessions for patients with cancer can accomplish the same goals as in-person sessions while improving patient outcomes, according to two case studies completed at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Board-certified music therapists engage with patients using live music to help improve symptoms and health outcomes during music therapy. For patients with cancer, music therapists generally focus on addressing anxiety, depression, and pain and hope to achieve positive emotional expression and increased social interaction and comfort.
Many cancer patients started using telehealth for non-invasive medical appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid exposure to the virus. While telehealth was the safest option, the transition, along with social distancing orders and restricted visitor policies, increased feelings of loneliness and isolation among patients.