Analysis of interlinked descriptions of entities - objects, events, situations or abstract concepts – while also encoding the semantics

Id 173
Author Sliwka, A.; Wloch, T.; Tynor, D.; Nowobilski, R.
Title Do asthmatics benefit from music therapy? A systematic review

Sliwka, A., Wloch, T., Tynor, D., & Nowobilski, R. (2014). Do asthmatics benefit from music therapy? A systematic review. Complementary therapies in medicine, 22(4), 756-766.

Keywords asthma; music therapy; complementary medicine
Link to article
Abstract More than 300 million people from countries all over the world suffer from asthma. Rates vary between countries, as prevalence ranges from 1 to 18%. This chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract affects people of all ages. When left untreated, asthma can lead to a significant reduction in the patient’s physical activity. Studies on the quality of life in asthma patients have indicated that symptoms depend not only on the severity and duration of the disease, but also on the social and psychological condition of the patient and their family. Additionally, it is described how stress impacts the perception of asthma symptoms, respiratory tract health, and asthma control. Strong emotions can be responsible for the exacerbation of asthma. Furthermore, depression can affect the patient’s compliance to treatment. Consequently, a lack of patients’ adherence decreases asthma control, leading them to lose faith in conventional treatment’s effectiveness. More and more often patients with asthma are turning to complementary and alternative treatments. Their great variety allows each patient to reach their individual needs and preferences. Literature also shows a development of multidisciplinary programs for asthma treatment that are complemented by relaxation methods such as progressive muscle, mental, muscular and functional relaxation, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, autogenic training, biofeedback techniques and music therapy. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is ‘‘the (. . .) use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program’’. Music therapists provide a targeted treatment including both intrumental and vocal music activities. Creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music are all popular methods of employing the music therapy. It has been successfully used in different branches of medicine. The method is easy to use in a clinical setting, is non-invasive, and relatively inexpensive. Similarly to other asthma treatment interventions that fit the category of CAM, there is lack of a defined statement concerning music therapy effectiveness in asthma treatment. The aim of our article is to systematically review the evidence of music therapy as a treatment approach for asthma.

Metodology The final selection of papers, along with the decision for their exclusion at particular stages of the review process, was carried out according to the PRISMA statement (preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta analyses). Two reviewers independently established whether each study met the inclusion criteria. Disagreements were resolved by discussion. First, the titles and abstracts of all publications identified through the primary search were independently reviewed. Then, full texts of all potentially eligible papers determined after the first level of screening were subsequently reviewed to ensure that each paper met the inclusion criteria for population and outcome of interest. Articles that met the eligibility criteria were further assessed for quality by two authors independently using the Cochrane Risk of Bias tool. This tool assesses the risk of bias in six domains: sequence generation; allocation concealment; blinding of participants, personnel and outcome assessors; incomplete outcome data; selective outcome reporting; and other source of bias. Studies were rated as having low risk of bias if at least 6 of the 12 criteria were assessed positively and the studies did not have serious flaw. Studies that met fewer than six criteria or had a serious flaw were rated as having high risk of bias.Strength of the recommendation for music therapy in asthma was judged according to GRADE recommendation as either strong or weak, based on quality of evidence for each primary outcome as well as the results’ consistency, directness, precision, and publication bias.

Technique Literature review; Systematic Review

knowledge graph

Note: Due to lack of computing power, results have been previously created and saved in database