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Effect of Music Therapy on Depression

XIN Di;WANG Yan;MOU Yan-li;YU Ping;Depression Ward,Wuhan Hospital for Psychicaltherapy;  
Objective: To explore the treatment effect of music therapy on depression. Methods: One hundred and twelve hospitalized patients with depression were randomly divided into groups combined treatment and pharmacotherapy equally. The both groups were given Escitalopram Oxalate Tablets, and the combined treatment group were additionally accepted music therapy for 12 weeks. The effect and participation of treatment were assessed and observed with Hamilton Depression Scale(HAMD) and Beck self-assessment questionnaire(BDI-13). Results: After 8 weeks of treatment, the scores of HAMD and BDI-13 were significantly lower in the combined treatment group than those in the pharmacotherapy group(P0.05). After 12 weeks of treatment, the scores of HAMD and BDI-13 were more significantly different(P0.01) between the 2 groups. At the end of the12 th week, the treatment participation of the combined treatment group was significantly higher than that ofthe pharmacotherapy group(P0.05). Conclusion: Music therapy can effectively improve the symptoms of depression and increase patients' treatment participation.
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