The efficacy of live music for adolescent and young adult patients during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Jianfei Xie, Ziyu Wan, Yinglong Duan, Miao Wang, Yating Luo, Panpan Xiao, Yue Kang, Yi Zhou, Xiaofei Luo, Qian Sun (Corresponding Author), Andy S.K. Cheng

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Background: Music therapy can improve mood in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). However, live music (LM) delivered by professional music therapists is not common in developing countries owing to the shortage of professional music therapists. Thus, in this study, we explored the effects of a multidisciplinary collaborative intervention based on LM on physical and psychological well-being of adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients undergoing HSCT with a quasi-experimental design. Methods: A total of 62 AYA patients agreed to participate and were randomly assigned to the intervention group receiving 4-week LM therapy (n = 31) or control group receiving usual care (n = 31). Depression, salivary cortisol, fatigue, and quality of life were the main outcome indicators measured at baseline, immediately after the intervention, 1 month, and 3 months follow-up. The intervention effects were analyzed by generalized estimating equations. Results: Significant decrease in HADS-D scores occurred in the intervention group compared with wait-list controls at immediately after intervention (p < 0.05). Participants in the LM group had greater improvement in quality of life and lower salivary cortisol level than those in the wait-list control group at immediately, 1 month, and 3 months after intervention (p < 0.05). However, the interaction effects of the BFI scores were not significant. Conclusions: LM therapy significantly alleviated depression and salivary cortisol levels as well as improved quality of life of AYA patients undergoing HSCT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5789-5799
Number of pages11
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number7
Early online date28 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2022


  • Depression
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Live music
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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