Music Programs Designed to Remedy Burnout Symptoms Show Significant Effects After Five Weeks


Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences




Earlier studies have demonstrated that music interventions can lessen symptoms of depression. Depression and burnout are closely related. We hypothesized that specially designed receptive music therapy programs and protocols might reduce the symptoms of burnout. In a four-arm randomized, placebo- and waiting-list-controlled double-blind study, including 150 participants, two specific music programs significantly reduced burnout symptoms after 5 weeks. The effects were maintained over a long time period. This newly developed method of receptive music therapy was also evaluated for the treatment of depression and dysthymia, with significant outcomes.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Burnout; Depression; Depressive Disorder; Mental Health; Mood Disorders; Mood Scales; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Psychological Outcomes; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures

Indexed Terms

Depression; Double-Blind Method; Dysthymic Disorder

Study Type

Quantitative Methods; Randomized Controlled Trial

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