Research brief: Music eases schizophrenia symptoms

Music therapy can reduce severity of symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, UK research has shown. For the study, 81 inpatients were randomly assigned to receive 12 weekly sessions of music therapy or standard care. The 45-minute improvisation sessions gave patients access to a range of musical instruments to express themselves with. At the end of the trial, those given music therapy had significantly greater changes in symptoms of schizophrenia than those given standard care (Br J Psych 2006; 189: 405–9).

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